Classes held under tree at ‘adarsh’ school in Bharatpur, rainy day is a holiday
The principal said he has written to the district education officials and the local MLA for constructing new classrooms, but no step has been taken.Updated: Jul 27, 2018 22:20 IST
When it rains, a government school in Bharatpur with ‘adarsh’ (ideal) tag declares a holiday for students, as leaking roofs and waterlogged ground leave no room for holding classes.
On other days, students sit outside under a tree for their classes.
The Government Adarsh Senior Secondary School at Bilang village in Kaman sub-division of Bharatpur district has 13 classrooms, but only five are in good condition.
One of them is used as the office and students of classes 6, 7, 8 and 9 are taught in the other four; the remaining students sit outside under a tree for their classes, school principal Gajendra Yadav said.
“The school building is dilapidated and may collapse anytime, hence students and teachers feel scared to sit in classrooms. For this reason, most classes are held on the ground outside under a tree,” Yadav said.
“We cannot allow the students to sit in the classrooms putting their lives at risk. Classes are held on the school ground. When it rains, the ground becomes waterlogged, so we declare a holiday.”
The principal said he has written to the district education officials and the local MLA for constructing new classrooms, but no step has been taken.
The Rajasthan government has declared one school adarsh (ideal) – with classes 1 to 12 -- in each of 9,891 gram panchayats to reduce dropouts. In 2015-16, as many as 1,340 adarsh schools were developed and Bilang school is one of them. The government said vacant posts of teachers will be filled on priority in these schools to turn them into centres of excellence.
There are 30,629 primary, 19,151 upper primary and 13,686 secondary and senior secondary schools in Rajasthan. In the 2017-18 session, 8.2 million students are enrolled in these schools.
The current students strength of the Bilang school is 986 – 607 boys and 379 girls. By the end of this month, Yadav said, the enrolment will reach 1,000.
Kaman sub-divisional magistrate Suresh Yadav said, “I am not aware about the condition of the school. I haven’t received any complaint from the school. I will inspect it soon.”
District education officer Ramkesh Meena said school principal should arrange funds with people’s help. “I have not got a complaint from the school principal. I will try to provide the budget for constructing a building for the school.”
First Published: Jul 27, 2018 22:20 IST