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No school in Jalandhar eligible for upgradation

It came out as a big announcement for the schools of Punjab when education minister Daljit Singh Cheema on Monday released Rs 162 crore for the upgradation of various government schools and for building of libraries, but not even a single school in Jalandhar district is eligible for the same. As per the announcement, there will be 44 middle schools, which will be upgraded to high school in the state.

punjab Updated: Dec 09, 2015 20:58 IST
Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
The reason behind teh ineligibility is that none of the 180 middle schools in the district fulfill the eligibility norms set under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).
The reason behind teh ineligibility is that none of the 180 middle schools in the district fulfill the eligibility norms set under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). (LIvemint Photo)

It came out as a big announcement for the schools of Punjab when education minister Daljit Singh Cheema on Monday released Rs 162 crore for the upgradation of various government schools and for building of libraries, but not even a single school in Jalandhar district is eligible for the same. As per the announcement, there will be 44 middle schools, which will be upgraded to high school in the state.

The reason being that none of the 180 middle schools in the district fulfill the eligibility norms set under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).

As per the guidelines under RMSA, there should not be any high or senior secondary school within a distance of five km from the middle school and at least 70 students should be enrolled in the school within the catchment area. The school, which is to be upgraded, also must have an area of minimum two acres.

Jatinder Kumar, district resource person, RMSA, said the department did the mapping before sending the list of the schools and found out that no school in the district had fulfilled the norms and requirements to get upgraded.

Meanwhile, there were many schools which were upgraded earlier, but neither the schools’ area, nor the buildings of the school, including rooms, labs, library and playground were expanded. The schools weren’t even provided with adequate staff, leaving them to fend for themselves. Some of the schools that fall in this category include Government High School, Basti Bawa Khel; Government Senior Secondary School, Wadala; Government Senior Secondary School, Basti Danish Manda; Elementary School at Santokhpura and Senior Secondary School, Model House, among others.

Though these schools were upgraded by the state government, they do not have basic facilities like the playground, chowkidar, sweeper, labs, etc.

The announcement of constructing 132 libraries in the government schools by the education minister would, however, benefit as many as seven schools in the district. The schools which would fall in this category include Government Garhi Mahan Singh High School, Government High School, Sunar Kallan in Phillaur; Governmnet Senior Secondary School, Jandusinga; Government Senior Secondary School Partap Pura; Government High School, Nangalshawa and Government High School, Kahlwa.

Last year, 33 libraries came up in various government schools. It must, however, be mentioned that though the libraries had been set up in schools; no recruitments were being made for the same by the education department.

As many as 25 posts of librarians against the 60 sanctioned posts were lying vacant. Meanwhile, 21 posts of library attendant as against 55 posts were still to be filled and 21 post of library restorers as against the total sanctioned posts of 42 were still lying vacant.