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Noida: Children bunking schools troubles teachers

Teachers at the Model Primary School and the Junior High School in Sector 12 said low or irregular attendance is a problem that they have to deal with every day.

noida Updated: Jan 27, 2018 23:39 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Of the 1,425 registered students in the two schools, parents of only 756 parents attended the meeting on Saturday.
Of the 1,425 registered students in the two schools, parents of only 756 parents attended the meeting on Saturday.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

The daily attendance at the Model Primary School is mentioned on a plastic slate fixed to the entry gate of the school. Saturday’s attendance was 406 of 944 students.

This, in a nutshell, was the major issue of concern at the parent-teacher meeting (PTM) on Saturday. Children often left home for school but never reported to their classes.

Teachers at the Model Primary School and the Junior High School in Sector 12 said low or irregular attendance is a problem that they have to deal with every day.

It was the first time that the district administration had organised a parent-teacher meeting on a large scale with the intent to improve the academic performance and overall growth of children enrolled in the two schools.

The parents were invited for a five-minute interaction with the class teacher and other teachers of the school and they were given a complete assessment of their child’s academic performance and overall growth.

At the PTM, of the 1,425 registered students in the two schools, only 756 parents attended the meeting, about 53.4%.

“The low attendance of parents in the PTM reiterates the problem of low attendance of students in schools. We have had PTMs in the past as well but it is for the first time that we have personally called parents and requested them to attend this meet,” said Manju Bhatnagar, teacher in charge, the Model Primary School, Sector 12, Noida.

“Usually, the children in our school ask for a day’s leave and then they end up going on a 15-day vacation. The parents don’t realise the damage this does to the academic performance of the child as they lag behind in the syllabus. The children in our school don’t go for extra tuitions and we are their only teachers,” Bhatnagar said.

Sapna Mishra, assistant teacher, the Junior High School, said, “Getting children to attend school is a major challenge. Often, parents who belong to underprivileged sections of society, leave their house by 8am for work and they believe their child is in school. In reality, children never come to school. There is no way these parents can keep a check on their children if not for such meetings.”

Pratibha Srivastava, a Hindi teacher at the Junior High School, believes that parents must realise the potential of their children in extracurricular activities as well.

“Apart from teaching Hindi, I also teach fine arts and we use handicraft items, paper and other items to make paintings and posters. The children are excellent in fine arts and they can do really well if they pursue it. It will help them be independent in the future,” Srivastava said.

Parents said that low attendance is an issue which needs to be addressed soon.

“I used to believe that my child goes to school at 8am as I too have to leave for work by 9am. But he hangs around with his friends outside school and his attendance his low. That will not happen again,” said Ali Ahmed, a resident of Khoda, Ghaziabad.

Bal Mukund Prasad, basic education officer, said more such meetings are required so that parents and teachers can work together for the betterment of children.

“We are all aware of the problem of low attendance in government schools and this meeting was held to address this issue. Parents will now know that their son or daughter is not going to school on a daily basis. Guardians will also have to be serious towards their ward’s education,” Prasad said.