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After being upgraded, 9 schools in Ludhiana function without adequate classrooms, teachers

According to the norms, the schools being upgraded to high school need a headmaster, science, social studies and English teachers, a clerk, a sweeper and a watchman.

punjab Updated: Aug 14, 2017 13:01 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
Deepa Sharma Sood
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Ludhiana schools,education,Punjab govt schools
Students taking classes in a room that also serves as a library and science room at Government High School, Bhamian Kalan, in Ludhiana.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

The upgrade of nine government middle schools to high schools in June last year has proved to be mere eyewash with the schools not even meeting the high school requirements, leaving the students in the lurch.

The former SAD-BJP government had upgraded 162 middle schools in the state in June 2016, of which nine are in Ludhiana.

According to the norms, the schools being upgraded to high school need a headmaster, science, social studies and English teachers, a clerk, a sweeper and a watchman.

But of these nine upgraded schools in Ludhiana district, the post of headmaster/headmistress is lying vacant in eight. Besides, the science teacher is taking mathematics classes in all nine schools, and the non-teaching posts are yet to be filled in even one.

A visit to the Government High School, Kailash Nagar, revealed that the 337 students were accommodated in four classrooms. The school has 90 students in Class 6, 103 in Class 7, 84 in Class 8 and 55 in Class 9. Due to shortage of classrooms, the school authorities have adjusted two sections of each class in one classroom.

A teacher at the school, requesting anonymity, said, “We have three classrooms on the ground floor where we have adjusted 282 students. The 55 students of Class 9 are sitting on the third floor in one newly constructed room. Managing such a large number of students in just four classrooms is difficult. When the school was upgraded, the number of classes were increased, but the number of classrooms and other facilities remained the same. Two schools — primary and high — are running within 362 square yards on the same premises.”

Balwinder Singh, school in-charge, said, “We have written to the district education office regarding requirement of more classrooms and for filling both teaching and non-teaching posts. We are trying our best to provide a conducive environment to the students in the limited resources we have.”

At Government High School, Bhamian Kalan, 271 students were accommodated in six classrooms. The students of Class 7 were taking their classes in the same room that is being used for as a library and science room.

Amarjit Kaur, school in-charge, said, “Students of two sections of Classes 6 and 7 are in one classroom. We have no choice in absence of enough classrooms.”

The situation is worse at Government High School, Mattewara, where classes for students of Classes 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are conducted in a single hall on rotation basis. At Government High School, Raniyan, Class 6 students were sitting in an open verandah due to scarcity of classrooms.

District education officer, secondary, Swaranjit Kaur, said, “I will visit these schools to understand their problems and share their concerns with the education department. It is imperative to ensure a proper teaching environment with adequate facilities.”

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 13:01 IST