Sans benches, students of Sekhewal government school forced to sit on floor

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 21, 2015 09:19 IST

In absence of adequate benches, more than 400 students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sekhewal, are forced to sit on the floor every day. Despite sending request for the same to office of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Sarva Shikshs Abhiyan (SSA) in the last two years, the school authorities are yet to receive funds.

A visit to the school revealed that most of the students are sitting on floor in the absence of benches.

Moreover, water sample of the school have failed purity test twice and the students are forced to drink the same. The water sinks are in deplorable condition. One of the classroom was found without doors and windows.

A teacher, on the condition of anonymity, said, "I have been teaching in this school from the last five years, but the school never got benches. Most of our students are forced to sit on the floor. The school in running double shifts. The first thing that the students, who come in the morning shift, do is to get the benches from the classrooms where the classes were held in the afternoon the previous day."

School principal Naresh Kumar said, "We are short of 200 benches in the school and strength of the students is 770. We have demanded benches through District information system for education (DISE) performa, but we are yet to receive any grants. The water sample of the school failed the purity test twice and we have no funds to install RO in the school."

District education officer (secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal said, "The school principal has not informed us that they don't have sufficient benches for the students. I will check the school in a day."

143 govt schools in dist short of 6,531 benches

According to data submitted to the ministry of human resource and development (HRD) by the SSA Ludhiana office in February, there is a shortage of 6,531 benches in 143 government schools, including middle, higher and senior secondary, in the district. Around 13,062 students are taking classes on the floor.

Last year in February, RMSA had collected data from the government higher and senior secondary schools in the district. According to which, there was shortage of 10,700 benches in 329 government schools (higher and senior) of the district. Till now, the RMSA office has not received funds for the same.

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