Single-teacher schools in the district are moving on... to being teacher-less, even after the so-called ‘general transfers’.
The only teacher for 30 students at the Khiwa centre of the government primary school of Bal Kohna village quit a month ago. The 72 children in Chaula’s primary school don’t have even one teacher when they should have three. Teachers from nearby schools pitch in for a day or two but the complaint is that they are not committed. “Since teachers change frequently, the students are confused,” said one of the stand-ins. “And studies suffer also in the schools that spare teachers.”
The transfer window was extended from June 30 to August 10 but teachers say it was only to entertain political connections and no rules were followed. “Teacher-less schools have been left to their fate,” said a teacher. Most government schools in the district are overcrowded and understaffed.
After transfers, the 51-student primary school at Bal Nau in Nakodar block is left with only one of two teachers.
“In 10 days, no school will remain teacher-less, as we will do a lot of hiring,” district education officer (elementary) Massa Singh said. “We followed the rules of transfer and posted teachers where they were required. If it has left some schools teacher-less, we will send somebody there on priority.”