18 years on, lone teacher running Mand Khanpur govt middle school

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 05, 2014 11:28 IST

The lone art and craft teacher at Government Middle School, Mand Khanpur, Macchiwara is teaching all 37 students of Class 6 to 8 for over five years.

Since the school’s inception in 1996, it has never had more than one teacher.

Besides, a visit to the school revealed that it has been functioning without a boundary wall for the past 18 years and also does not have a security guard.

Consequently, the school campus is accessible to anybody, putting a question mark on the students’ and staff ’s safety.

There are 17 students in Class 6, nine in Class 7 and eleven in Class 8. But, there is no teacher to teach English, Hindi, mathematics, Punjabi, science and social studies.

As per the Right to Education Act, it is mandatory to appoint trained teachers for every subject, but in violation of the RTE an art and craft teacher is conducting all classes.

Also, due to no Class-4 employees, toilets of the school remain locked and if students want to go to toilets in between schools hours, they are forced to go home.

During a visit to the school, several students infor med the Hindustan Times team that the drinking water was not safe.

One of the students, who wished not to be named, said, “We need more teachers, as there is only one teacher, who is teaching us for so many years. To uplift the level of education, there is a need to hire more teachers.”

There are no benches for Class 6, which has 17 students and they have to sit on the floor. Even no fan has been installed in their classroom.

There is a tap on the school premises for drinking water, but no RO system has been installed.

When contacted, Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Makula said, “I am aware that we need to recruit more teachers. We are hiring teachers, but the process has slowed down due to pending court cases. I was not aware that this school is being run by a single teacher and I will ask the district education officer to give me a report on the matter.”

He added that the department would depute more teachers in this school to keep up with the RTE Act.

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