There are only three teachers at the government primary school at Dharampura village in Budhlada to teach around 350 students.
Eight of the nine sanctioned posts of teacher are lying vacant. The officiating principal and two other teachers, who are on deputation, teach such a large number of students.
Two teachers were deputed recently, while before this only a single teacher was teaching the entire school.
With small classrooms that could accommodate only around 50 students, a teacher has to take two classes at a time, mostly standing outside the classrooms.
On villagers's request, two educated youths of the village sometimes teach students without charging anything. Students from Dharampura and nearby villages study here.
The school has four rooms and a kitchen. They have to make do with water from the local waterworks as the RO facility installed in the village is beyond them. Students themselves clean the utensils after the mid-day meal and sometimes villagers or parents accompany the younger children for the purpose.
Officiating principal Rajiv Mittal said, "I am the only regular teacher cum officiating principal here while the other two teachers are on deputation. We find it difficult to teach such a large number of children. We have other facilities but the paucity of teachers puts a big question mark on the students' future. Sometimes two educated locals also take classes. Besides teaching, we have to perform a number of other duties, including providing midday meal to students. There is no post of class-4 employees in primary schools. Cleaning the utensils is difficult for small children so their parents or other villagers sometimes accompany them to school. We are planning to employ someone for the purpose on our own."