The deplorable state of some government middle schools in the district bust the claims of the previous government to provide quality education to students studying in these schools.
Five government middle schools have a strength of 20 students or less, and there is no permanent teacher assigned in one.
The strength of Government Middle School, Gurditpura, has come down from last year’s 20 to 10 students this year.
Two teachers on deputation from other government schools conduct their classes daily which also affects the students of those two schools.
The school was upgraded in 2015 under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, but a permanent teacher is yet to be deputed here.
On Wednesday, seven students against the total strength of 10 were present in the school. There are five students in Class 5, one student in Class 6, and four in Class 7.
- Govt Middle School, Gurditpura: 10
- Govt Middle School, Malo Daud: 16
- Govt Middle School, Dhothar: 17
- Govt Middle School, Gangagiri Manuke: 20
- Govt Middle School, Basrao: 20
The school has three classrooms, but only one is used by the teachers.
Between the remaining two, one classroom was found locked and the other was being used to store cow dung cakes to prepare the midday meal.
Two students, Jashandeep Singh and Arshdeep Singh, said, “Two teachers from other schools come here to teach us daily. We get confused because each has their own style. We will continue to study here only if the school gets permanent teachers by next month. Otherwise, we will take admission in a government senior secondary school in Shahpur which is 2km away from our village.”
The remaining four government middle schools with strength of 20 or less students are in Basraon, Dhothar, Gangagiri Manuke and Malo Daud.
Only 16 students are enrolled in the government middle school in Basraon. Last year, the school strength was 20.
A teacher, Baljinder Kaur, said, “There are two regular teachers in the school. Despite that parents are not willing to send their children to our school. We have made a lot of effort and spread awareness among villagers about the facilities their children will get after being enrolled here, but we did not receive a positive response.”
A report was sent to the director public instructions (DPI), secondary, stating that only five middle schools had 20 or less students.
On April 5, director public instructions, secondary, Sukhdev Singh Kahlon directed all district education officers (DEOs) to submit a report of middle schools which have less than 20 students.
The idea behind the report was to know the reason behind low enrolment and the efforts that can be made to improve the situation.