School of ‘excellence’ rots at Simultala, future at stake

  • Arun Kumar, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 14:19 IST

Into its sixth year, Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya (SAV), billed as the dream project of chief minister Nitish Kumar, continues to flounder despite starting with a lot of promise.

With Kumar back at the helm, there is hope that the fortunes of the school, meant for talented students from the poor sections of the society, could change.

The latest committee formed by the government to inquire into charges of mismanagement of the school is headed by Jamui district magistrate SK Tiwari and comprises Abdul Moin from the state council of educational research and training (SCERT), besides former project coordinator of the school, Naveen Kumar.

The inquiry is significant, as this year the school enters a crucial phase, as its students would take the board examination from Bihar board.

“We will start the inquiry from March 10 to look into all the aspects, including academic, administrative as well as the land issue. Our focus is on improving academics so that the students excel in this year’s board exam and bag positions among the top ten, like Netarhat did earlier,” said the DM, who admitted that his son Vivek Vardhan also taught in the school on a 11-month contract.

As per the terms of reference, the committee would examine the working and efficiency of all the employees down the line, including the principal and the vice principal as well as ad hoc appointees, campus atmosphere, constraints of space.

Since 2014-15 session, the school has also not had any fresh intake, which has come as a dampener.

What is surprising, however, is that despite constituting two committees in the past, there was no action taken on the recommendations.

The first committee was headed by Col BB Singh, the man who was involved with the setting up of the institution along with former CBI director Trinath Mishra. The second committee was set up under education department joint director Chandrashekhar, who also happened to be a member of Netarhat old boys’ association (NOBA).

Both the committees submitted their reports, but they were, according to sources, too, uncomfortable for the department to implement.

Expressing displeasure over the teaching and administration, Singh committee had proposed all-India recruitment through BPSC, while the second committee reiterated almost the same viewpoint and also suggested immediate start of campus development on 45-acres of land already in possession of the school.

The teachers also have their grievance as their service is yet to be regularized despite question mark over their suitability.

The DM also admitted that fresh land acquisition for the school was not possible under the new land acquisition act, as it would turn out to be very costly.

“For one premises, the government would have to pay in crores. It is better to go in for campus development on the land earlier earmarked for the school,” he added.

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