While state government has failed to fill several posts of many schools in rural and border areas across the state that have been facing staff crunch for years, teachers, however, in Government Middle School, Dhiru Di Majri, located in the heart of royal city, has surplus teachers for a handful of students.
Call it government's apathy or officials' lack of awareness, this school has been functioning with six teachers for a total strength of 28 students for over four years now. The school is based inside a dharamshala for over 40 years and run only three Classes 6, 7 and 8.
However, according to Punjab government's middle, high and senior secondary rationalisation policy, based on the statics upto July 3, 2012, from Classes 1to 5, for strength of 60 students, two teacher posts are sanctioned and if the strength exceeds 90 margin, a third position is created.
For Classes 5 to 8 for strength of 35 students, one teacher and a second section would be created only if the strength exceeds to 45. For Classes 8 to 10 for 40 students one teacher and for Classes 11 and 12 one teacher would allotted.
However, violating all norms and policies of state government, this school has been functioning for years right under authorities' nose.
Sources said several times the case had been brought to the notice of government, however, no action had been taken so far.
Though the authorities claimed that the school has total 28 students, a visit by HT team revealed that they were only 18 students on the premises.
A school official said, “The teachers have made fake entries of the students to keep the school running. Though the matter has been taken up several times, by district education authorities. But due to government's lackadaisical attitude no action has been taken.”
District education officer (DEO) (secondary) Harinder Kaur said, “We have taken up the matter with government, we have also proposed that the students from the school should be shifted to nearby schools, so that the surplus teachers can be used for benefit of larger strength of students.”