The state education department had recently announced to introduce science subjects in Punjabi to enable more and more students to go in for science subjects and make them understand the subjects in their own mother tongue, but the availability of science subjects for Classes 11 and 12 is available only in a handful of schools. Besides, there is also a huge shortage of science lecturers in the schools where science subjects are taught.
Currently, science groups for Classes 11 and 12 are being run in six schools in the city, namely Nehru Garden Girls Senior Secondary School, Government Sports School, Government Senior Secondary PAP School, Government Junior Model School, Government Sr Model School and Government Senior Secondary School, Bhargo Camp. At present, there are a total of 127 senior secondary schools in the district and science subjects are being taught in 35 schools only.
Of the 35, science classes in seven schools are running under the aegis of the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Earlier, science groups were started in 30 schools under the NABARD, out of which science classes in 23 schools were suspended.
According to information, in rural schools, there is no proper science faculty and science subjects and students have to suffer.
At Govt Sr Sec School, Athaula, there is no physics lecturer; at Govt Sr Sec School, Alawalpur, there no biology lecturer, at Uchha school, there is neither chemistry nor physics lecturer; the post of a chemistry lecturer has been lying vacant Nihaluwal school for the past 20 years. There are many other schools in the rural areas, where vacancies of science lecturers are lying vacant.
Teachers said that even if a single lecturer is not present, the whole group suffers. It is not possible to study chemistry and leaving physics or biology and vice versa. One of the science teachers said, “It is not that students don’t show interest in science, how will they study in the absence of teachers.”
He said that only a single girls school in the city had science subjects. “Schools like Govt School, Model Town, Adarsh Nagar, and Bhargo Camp should also be having science subjects as the schools have good infrastructure and more and more students will have an opportunity to study science,” the teacher said.
Similar is the case with the commerce stream as only 27 schools in the district have commerce groups in them.
However, district science supervisor Baljinder Singh claimed that science groups were running successfully in the schools. “Promotions are taking place, so I am hopeful that soon the vacancies of lecturers will also be filled,” said Singh.