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Govt school enrollment in Nahan declining

Enrollment in government schools in Sirmour district has been declining over the last few years

punjab Updated: Mar 13, 2014 19:02 IST
Shalender Kalra
Shalender Kalra
Hindustan Times

Enrollment in government schools in Sirmour district has been declining over the last few years.

Data available with the elementary education department shows that in 2011, 68,973 children were enrolled in primary and middle schools in the district, but the number came down to 67,575 in 2012, and to 66,089 in 2013. Besides, it was observed that in many schools, enrollment is less than 10%. There are 214 primary and 998 middle schools in Sirmour.

Data shows that 464 teachers are required for various subjects, including physical education, languages, art and home science.

Every year, the government spends more than Rs 1 lakh on a student studying in a public school, by providing him free uniform, mid-day meals and other facilities, while it spends Rs 15,000 on a private student annually.

"We try our best to help our students develop and improve in every way, but sometimes, unfavorable family conditions hinder our efforts," said Anjana, a basic junior teacher, adding that the government should not be blamed as parents' involvement was a major factor of children's growth.

"Parents prefer to send their children to private schools as teachers of government schools are often appointed for some other work, which leads to disruption of studies. Vacant teaching posts may also be a reason," said Man Singh Thakur, deputy director of elementary education.

"In spite of the government providing many facilities, students still prefer private institutions as they offer a better standard of education, participation of teachers, emphasis on personal development and co-curricular activities," said retired teacher Om Lata.

Educationist Suresh Joshi said the government should focus on introducing a constructive policy for better quality and filling the
posts lying vacant.

First Published: Mar 13, 2014 19:00 IST