Guess what kids do at these schools...
CAN YOU imagine what the students in primary and junior high schools of UP government do during their school time? Believe it or not, they mop and sweep floors, wash utensils used to keep mid-day meals and sometimes clean toilets of their school.india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 01:41 IST
CAN YOU imagine what the students in primary and junior high schools of UP government do during their school time? Believe it or not, they mop and sweep floors, wash utensils used to keep mid-day meals and sometimes clean toilets of their school.
Hindustan Times came across this terrible tale of village children during visits to a few schools in villages. The officials of education department too admitted that schools had no provision of fourth class employees and sweepers.
According to Basic Siksha Adhikari (BSA) Ashok Kumar Singh, in view of increasing court cases the department withdrew the fund allotted for sweepers, almost ten years ago. Similarly, there was no provision for fourth class employees in these schools and teachers were expected to make arrangement for cleaning schools on their own.
Hence, in many schools teachers have bought brooms and have fixed day-wise turn of children to do the job. Many a time teachers had to face a stiff opposition from parents for pressing their wards into cleaning but the teachers have no option. “ In the absence of staff and funds we are left with no option but to take work from children to keep the school building clean,” said a teacher in village Nanglamal.
Khadak Singh, pradhan of nearby village Meghrajpur, said it hurt when children filled the buckets of toilets and teachers splashed water to clean it. Many a time he objected but things remained unchanged. “ It should be stopped immediately,” he demanded adding that children come to the school for education not to do the work of peon and sweeper.
While talking to this reporter, students like Ajay Deo Verma, Umesh, Deepak , Sunit and Renu of Meghrajpur Primary and Junior High School admitted that they did not like the work but they did it on the direction of their teachers. Most of these children are from poor families and their parents send them to school even after facing great difficulties.
The State Government too had implemented various schemes with the help of World Bank to attract children in primary and junior schools. But this terrible tale of children being made to work has exposed the tall claims of the officials that education is improving in the State.
First Published: Feb 02, 2006 01:41 IST