SCHOOL Education Department hardly misses an opportunity to pat its back on improvement in results. However, the ground realities at a school of an industrial town close to the State capital do a different talking.
Poor result and poor infrastructure at Girls’ Middle School in Mandideep, some 20 km from the capital in adjoining Raisen district, fly in the face of the department’s claims about providing quality education and good infrastructure. This year, the result was pathetic 8 per cent.
The school in middle of the town was established with an objective of providing basic needs like education. Forget about proper arrangement for fans, light and provision for good ventilation, there is no roof over some rooms to protect students from rains and heat. The school seems beset with every kind of problem one can think of.
Classes are still being run in a portion of the building that was declared dangerous. Headmistress Rashmi Tiwari says, “It was declared dangerous and we avoid its use but being adjacent to the building, students go there and stay there for long hours.”
Another example of state of things is an incomplete bathroom. It is still waiting to be completed as the agency concerned stopped the work midway as fund was not released. “The bathroom could not be completed as the agency concerned stopped further work for lack of funds,” said Rashmi.
When it comes to sports infrastructure, the situation is no better. There is a basketball court, but no board or basket. When it was pointed out, she said there was no problem. However, later she said a company had constructed it and the school had nothing to do with it.
Raisen District Education Officer (DEO) Arvind Singh said he recently visited the school and found no problem except that there were some allegations against the school headmistress. “I had written to the DPI in this regard,” said Singh. To make matters worse, nobody seems to be bothered whether the food under the Mid-day Meal scheme is served in hygienic condition or not. When this correspondent visited the place, he found pigs and cattle freely roaming about close by at the time of distribution of meals.
Municipality Council vice-chairman, however, said the council is working hard to solve the problems. “We have provided them necessary material like tiles for roof,” he said. However, going by what the headmistress says, no work was done in the last two month in the school.
HM told to resolve problems, says JD
JOINT DIRECTOR OP Sharma says, “I asked the school headmistress to quickly resolve the problems. We will visit the school in near future to check whether instructions are being followed or not,” said Sharma.
Points to ponder
1 School is 20 km from Capital
2 No roof over some classrooms
3 No provision for lights, fans and ventilation
4 Poor sports infrastructure
5 No attention to hygiene at the time of mid-day meal distribution to students