The Punjab education department has upgraded as many as 372 high schools and 162 middle schools in the state, but it has failed to sanction the required posts in these schools.
In Jalandhar district, 36 schools were upgraded, out of which 24 high schools were upgraded as senior secondary schools and 12 middle schools as high schools.
As per the norms, the minimum requirement of a school that is upgraded as senior secondary is a principal and six lecturers, and the rest depends upon the strength. Whereas a high school needs one headmaster, a science lecturer, a social studies lecturer, an English lecturer, a clerk, a sweeper and a chowkidar.
But none of the upgraded schools has got these posts so far.
Moreover, the headmasters from the high schools that have been upgraded as senior secondary also have been relieved and transferred, leaving the upgraded schools without any head, as principals have not been appointed yet.
INFRA NEEDS NEVER TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT
Besides, whenever schools are upgraded, infrastructure is never taken into account. Several government schools of the city, upgraded long ago from the primary level to the middle level or the middle level to high or senior secondary level, have not been provided with adequate infrastructure facilities, resulting in inconvenience to students and teachers.
Neither the schools’ area, nor the buildings of the school, including rooms, labs, library and playground facilities have been provided as per the requirement.
The schools weren’t even provided with adequate staff, leaving students to fend for themselves.
The schools were upgraded and classes increased, however, the number of rooms, lab and library, and playground facilities and staff strength remain the same in most of them.
District education officer (secondary) Harinder Pal Singh said that the government has only upgraded the schools, but has not sanctioned more posts for them. “It takes time, most probably, the process will be completed in 15 days,” Singh said.
36 SCHOOLS UPGRADED
The 24 schools that were upgraded to the senior secondary level are from Mansurpur, Maksuda, Santokhpura, Mithu Basti, Gadi Maha Singh, Shuci Pind, Dkoha, DhanoWali, Khurdpur (Girls), Rastgo, Masaniaya, Sohal Jagir, Loheaya Khas (Girls), Kular, Bagela, Nakoder, Khanpur Dhada, Sangowal, Sareh (Girls), Nurpur, Pachranga, Alampur Bakka, Mahesmpur, and Chugiti.
12 UPGRADED AS HIGH SCHOOLS
Asaahoor, Daanewal, Chuhadwal, Bagga, Kaangna, Chuheki, Chakmaglani, Kot Ram Das, Bulandpur, Gaana Pind, Rasoolpur Kalaan and Mundoh.