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English-challenged, 37 opt out of school for meritorious

Deepa Sharma Sood Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, September 03, 2014
First Published: 14:57 IST(3/9/2014) | Last Updated: 14:58 IST(3/9/2014)

As many as 37 Punjabi-medium students of Class 11 have withdrawn their names from Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students after they were not able to cope up with the English language.

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As many as 184 seats are lying vacant in the school as of now.

Of the students who have withdrawn their names in the past one month, there are 35 girls.

During a visit to the school it was found that three more girl students wanted to withdraw their name. Asked as why they were opting out of the school, some students said they were not able to handle English since they had studied in Punjabi medium since Class 1.

“We tried a lot but we do not want to score less marks in Class 11. So it is better we go back to our own schools from where we have come from,” a student said.

Harjinder Singh, a parent, said, “My daughter is not able to handle English medium so we have decided to take her back to Fazilka. I think our decision is right.”

Anoop Kumar Passi, officiating principal of the school, said, “Students are not withdrawing names just because they are not able to cope with English. Many of them miss their parents and are not able to adjust in hostel. We have informed the parents that their children are lucky that they were able to get admission in the meritorious school. The parents must realise this.”

Even as classes at the school started a month ago, the posts of principal, warden, non-teaching employees, computer teachers and librarians are still lying vacant.

The district education department has deputed teachers from other government schools for proper functioning of the school.

A government school teacher who wished not to be named, said, “For how many days teachers from other schools will work in a residential school as the work at our schools is getting affected. The authorities must fill the posts as how a school can run without the principal, computer teachers and non-teaching staff. A warden is required in both boys’ and girls’ hostel since teachers will stay in hostels for more days.”

Posts lying vacant

Posts of principal, computer teachers, warden, non-teaching staff and librarians are lying vacant at the school.

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