Patiala, Dec. 6, 2013 (YP Bureau)
While the state government has failed to fill several posts of teachers in many schools in rural and border areas across the state facing staff crunch for several years, the Government Middle School, Dhiru Di Majri, located in the heart of the city, has a large number of teachers for a handful of students.
Call it the government's apathy or officials' lack of awareness, this school has been functioning with six teachers for a total strength of 28 students for over four years now. The school is based inside a dharamshala for over 40 years and runs only three Classes 6, 7 and 8.
However, according to the Punjab government's school rationalisation policy, based on the statistcs up to July 31, 2012, from Classes 1 to 5, for a strength of 60 students, two posts of teachers are sanctioned and if the strength exceeds the 90 margin, a third position is created.
For Classes 5 to 8 for a strength of 35 students, one teacher and a second section would be created only if the strength exceeds 45. For Classes 8 to 10 for 40 students one teacher and for Classes 11 and 12 one teacher would be allotted.
Though the authorities claimed that the school has a total of 28 students, a visit to the school revealed that there were only 18 students on the premises.
A school official said, "The teachers have made fake entries of the students to keep the school running. Though the matter has been taken up several times, by district education authorities, but due to the government's lackadaisical attitude no action has been taken."
(DEO) (secondary) Harinder Kaur said, "We have taken up the matter with the government, we have also proposed that the students from the school should be shifted to nearby schools, so that the surplus teachers can be used for the benefit students elsewhere."
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