Showing sheer apathy towards the education system, the fund-crunched government instead of appointing teachers, has shut down the government middle school in Sultanpur Lodhi and asked students to shift to two other schools.
The school, which had 97 students, was closed last month and student have denied shifted to other designated schools. So, retired teachers are voluntarily teaching them in the same school.
The decade-old primary school, which was further extended to middle school in 1996, had five teachers, of the total seven sanctioned posts.
Boys students had been asked to go to nearby government senior secondary school for boys, while girls were to shift in government senior secondary school (girls), one-and-half kilometre away.
Volunteer teacher Master Des Raj said the students did not want to shift their due to which they were sitting idle in this school after the teachers were shifted by the education department to fill vacant posts.
“Some of the retired teachers have decided to teach the students voluntarily till the education department think about these kids,” he said.
Harpreet Kaur, a Class 6 student, said, “The designated school is very crowded and is on far from my house.”
Another student Manchandanjeet Singh said the teachers of this school were very good and they helped them to scoring good marks.
MLA Sultanpur Lodhi Navtej Singh Cheema said, “After requesting education minister Daljit Singh Cheema, I took permission to reopen the school and was expected to open on October 1. But, pressurised by former minister Bibi Upinderjit Kaur, the education department again ordered closure of this school.”
“Bibi has a personal interest as she owns a school just few kilometre away. To earn profit, she does not want to any government school to function nearby her own school,” he added.
Roop Lal, district education officer (secondary) said the authorities have only merged the school and the school could be opened again whenever needed.
“Senior Secondary School was in a dire need of teacher as that’s why we have merged the schools temporarily to fill the vacant posts,” he said.