Downfall of aided schools: Once Jalandhar’s pride, now struggling to maintain their sheen
The aided school established in 1886, had a strength of more than 1,200 students, few years ago. School authorities claim that there are around 200 students now.Updated: Apr 27, 2017 13:13 IST
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
A handful of students, three teachers (not permanent) sitting in a room engaged in small conversations, a vacant playground (one acre) with some broken sports equipment, a huge empty principal’s office sans principal reveals the sorry state of once famously known as ND Victor Sr Sec School. The aided school established in 1886, had a strength of more than 1,200 students, few years ago.
School authorities claim that there are around 200 students now. In the name of permanent staff, only two teachers, teach here. One is a Junior basic training (JBT) teacher and another is a PT teacher. JBT teacher is the officiating principal who will retire in September.
The burden of ‘managing’ will therefore be bestowed upon the lone PT teacher. Spread over 2.5 acres this school, renowned for its science studies till 2001, has long lost the sight of a science teacher for even small classes. There are around 52 aided schools in the city and almost all of them are grappling with same conditions.
Many of these schools boast of producing plethora of high ranking officials, renowned figures and Olympians too. Previously where seats would fall short and students had to wait to get in, are now waiting for the students to at least spare a look.
Another government-aided school Sai Dass AS Sr Sec School, Patel Chowk, established in 1886, was once one of the prominent schools here. Even the walls of the school with laws of science, formulas of math, grammar rules of English are a witness to the fading glory of meritorious students produced here.
Talking of sports, once the school was considered best in basketball and games like volleyball, badminton and table tennis were played, but today the ground is nothing but enveloped in dust.Renowned cricketer Mohinder Amarnath is this school’s alumnus. One of the retired teachers of the school told, “Earlier the classes here would have 8 to 10 sections but now most of the rooms are closed. The school had earlier 147 permanent staff members which is now reduced to 35.”
Established in 1896, Labhu Ram Doaba Sr Sec School is another example that has given the nation and world, a renowned figure like Lord Swaraj Paul, is lying in oblivion. Ace cricketer Harbhajan Singh also studied here.
Out of the 42 sanctioned posts, only 11 are occupied. Since 2003 no recruitment have been carried out in aided schools.
However, all the said schools have hired few teachers and are paying them petty income to avoid any kind of suffering for the students currently studying here. Manish Aggarwal, an active member of Aided School Union said, “We will approach the education minister and ask to allot posts in the schools here.”
First Published: Apr 27, 2017 12:52 IST