The dream project of Adarsh schools of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government launched in 2011 to provide quality education in rural areas of the district seems to have been abandoned midway, leaving students in the lurch.
The government had opened three government Adarsh senior secondary schools in the district under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode at Malla, Pakka Kalan and Middumann villages of the district, but none of them was provided with the required facilities.
The construction of the building of the school at Middumann was started in 2012 on a part of the 12-acre land provided to the school near Sadiq, but after a few months, the private party withdrew from the partnership and the construction of the building was stopped midway.
The incomplete building has no boundary wall, no classrooms, no windows or doors and no proper flooring, so the school has failed to get affiliation with the CBSE, which forces students to leave the school after Class-8 as Class-9 cannot be started without affiliation.
“We have 543 students on rolls up to Class-8. Out of these, only about 250 can be accommodated in the under-construction building, while the rest of the students have to be accommodated in the building of the government primary school in the village. But, the primary school also accommodates students of a middle school in the same building. We need at least 25 rooms to hold classes,” claimed a source.
“The building is a big problem. Students shiver in the cold in the absence of windowpanes and we use jute bags as curtains to stop the wind from coming in. The situation has led to a decline in the number of students from about 1,150 in 2011 to 543 now,” said Jaipal Uppal, officiating principal of the school at Middumann.
ADARSH SCHOOL AT MALLA
The school at Malla is being run from a rented building, vacated by a private school, 1.5 km from the Bathinda road near Bajakhana. ”The 7-acre land, donated by the village panchayat, was transferred in the name of the education department, but the construction of the building was never started. In the rented building, we have only 11 rooms for 550 students. However, we need at least 20 rooms for them. The school has no affiliation with the CBSE and students have to leave the school after passing Class-8,” said Deepak Grover, a teacher from the school, who is state president of the PPP Mode Government Adarsh School Employees Union, Punjab.
PAKKA KALAN SCHOOL
The school at Pakka Kalan has a building, but it is not complete. There are about 402 students in the school. ”The incomplete building has no boundary wall, no safety wall along the stairs, no railing on the sides of the roof, no doors and windows. There is also no provision of drinking water and we have to bring it from a distant place by spending at least Rs 3,000 per month,” said a school teacher.
There are about 100 teachers and 1,500 students in the three schools. The private parties have withdrawn from the management of these schools and they are now being run by the government with sub-divisional magistrates as administrators.
Deputy commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi could not be contacted despite repeated calls on his cell phone for comments.
As many as 24 Adarsh schools were reportedly opened in 2011 under the PPP mode in the state and private parties have withdrawn from management committees of about 10 schools.