Class-4 employees teach at this Banga school
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Class-4 employees teach at this Banga school

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chandigarh Updated: Oct 15, 2012 11:41 IST
Jatinder Kohli
Jatinder Kohli
Hindustan Times

The government senior secondary school at Soond Maqsudpar village of Behram town in Banga sub-division of Nawanshahr district is facing acute shortage of teachers for the last four years.

The school has only three teachers, while 17 posts are lying vacant. Thanks to class-4 employees of the school, who teach students. Students of most classes spend time in school in idleness as there is nobody to take classes.

All requests of the school management committee to the authorities for providing more teachers over the years have fallen on deaf ears.

"The marks of drawing and physical education subjects are not calculated, so, it means, there is only one teacher of English in the school, who, too, joined a month ago," said school principal Janak Raj, who showed his helplessness in giving better education to students.

There is not a single teacher for subjects including math, science, social studies, Hindi, Punjabi, environment and computer science, the principal added.

In the wake of shortage of teachers, the strength of school has decreased sharply from 700 to 183 in just four years, said chairman of school management committee, Usha Saroya.

She said that a delegation of committee members recently also met secretary, school education, and got only assurance from him.

Saroya said that sometimes they rope in private teachers, who are paid salaries from private donations. "At times class-4 employees too take classes. Help books come handy for students to complete their syllabus," she said.

Principal Janak Raj said that there was no clerk and computer operator in his office and he had to do all the work on his own. The school also doesn't have an Internet connection. He said that principals had been ordered to take at least six periods in a week, but he was taking around 18 to 20 periods in a week.

The condition of primary wing of the school is no better, which has only one teacher, who is on leave. The department has appointed a person, who, besides teaching, also prepares midday meal for the 12 students.

Lovedeep Singh, a student of class-10, told this correspondent that since he took admission in the school, he had never been taught science, math, social studies and environment. "It will be very difficult to clear these subjects in the final examination," he said

Another student of the same class, Deep Kumar, said that they hardly learn anything in the school.

All efforts to contact district education officer Amrik Singh went futile.

First Published: Oct 15, 2012 11:21 IST