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Teachers foot the bill for govt primary school games in Punjab

After receiving orders from respective district education officers (primary) to organise sports events, headmasters of primary schools asked teachers to contribute money to organise these games.

punjab Updated: Sep 19, 2017 16:06 IST
Avtar Singh
Avtar Singh
Hindustan Times, Sangrur
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District-level sports event of primary schools was organised at Mastuana Sahib in Sangrur.(HT Photo)

The state government has not ‘provided’ funds to organise government primary school games across the state, but school managements were ordered to hold the sports events at the centre (school), block and district levels with contribution from teachers, according to sources.

After receiving orders from respective district education officers (primary) to organise sports events, headmasters of primary schools asked teachers to contribute money to organise these games.

Punjab school education secretary Krishan Kumar could not be contacted.

Some schools in the state have held sports events at the centre and block levels and have entered the district-level games.

As per information, the district-level games began in Sangrur on Monday and in Patiala, the games will start on Tuesday.

Besides, Ludhiana district is going to conclude block-level sports on Tuesday.

After district-level games, students will participate at the state-level games. According to information, a teacher contributed Rs 200 for the centre-level games and Rs 450 for the block-level games.

Besides, the education department also approached social workers and prominent citizens to contribute for sports, “I recently joined my job as a teacher and I had to pay Rs 650 for these games. It was very strange,” said a primary school teacher from Sangrur.

“I have been serving in the department for a long time and I have seen that the government has never given funds for these games. Teachers have to collect money from their own pocket for these sports,” said Dharam Singh, an ETT teacher from Ludhiana.

The department organises sports events, including kabaddi, kho kho, football, gymnastics, wrestling, martial arts and athletics in which students from Classes 3 to 5 take part.

“I’ve been serving in the department for a long time and have seen that the government has never given funds for these games. Teachers have to collect money from their own pockets.”

“A large number of schools do not even have playgrounds and students never get an opportunity to prepare before the games are held. If the department really wants to hold these games, funds should be provided in advance on priority basis. How can we imagine that games could successfully be organised without funds? It is just formality,” said Balbir Chand, district president, Democratic Teachers Front.

“We have to collect money for up to block-level games, as we receive funds for the district-level games, but after the games are over,” said Amar Singh, organiser, district games in Sangrur.

Punjab school education secretary Krishan Kumar could not be contacted, but deputy district education officer (primary) Harjit Kumar said, “We did not receive funds from the government, but we collected them from teachers and social workers; they contributed according to their capacity.”

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 15:45 IST