Monday, March 19, 2012

Students in Govt Schools

MLAs’ concern over decreasing number of students in Govt schools
Harsh turns tables on Govt for dismal performance of Education Department

 Turning tables on Government, Panthers Party MLA and former Minister, Harshdev Singh criticized the functioning of Education Department in the State which he alleged was in total disarray with complete collapse of education edifice.

Speaking on the annual grants of Education Ministry and Youth Services and Sports in Assembly today he alleged total breakdown of education set up in the State with academic activity having become the major causality of bureaucratic red tape and official negligence.

He said how the issues raised by Members in the House would be solved when Minister replying the grants can't be held accountable. The Department is in total shambles and schemes are not being implemented, he added.

Alleging that thousands of government schools were facing acute deficiency of teaching staff with government maintaining a criminal silence on the issue, he said that the remote area schools were the major sufferers and almost become defunct due to staff paucity and non availability of teaching faculty.

Singh said that Government had itself admitted in the meeting of Project Apprisal Board (PAB) held in New Delhi in June 2011 that 13020 posts of teachers were vacant at the elementary level itself with 8104 vacancies in Upper Primary Schools and 4916 vacancies in primary schools. Apart from these over 12000 vacancies of Masters, head masters and lecturers were available at secondary level including High and Higher Secondary schools thus taking the total number of vacancies around 25,000. This includes 5000 posts of masters sanctioned for the state under RMSA during the last three years none of which has been filled up till date.

He also criticized the failure of government in creating posts for various high and higher secondary schools created and upgraded after the year 2008-09, thus adversely affecting not only the pass percentage of the said schools but also jeopardizing the career of students.

Expressing concern over the dismal performance of Education Department the PDP's Busharat Bukhari said that during the different Committees meetings it was decided to write to Union Government not to sanction funds for us in the field of education as `` we are not able to utilize them properly''. He said in some constituencies the money was released for construction of schools but these schools are without roofs resulting in collapse of the buildings, as timber was not available for roofs.

The private schools show good results and the government schools are far behind due to the defective system in the state, he added.

M Y Teriyaki of CPI (M) who maintained that the education is key for transformation asked that why state has failed to provide quality education despite spending huge amount on education. The MLA said that the level of education has not increased in the state.

He said the education and health, which are the social sectors are now most profitable commercial sectors in the state. He wanted to know how much of money received from Central government for schooling of drop-outs was spent.

Engineer Rashid said that education needs justice and stressed on either total privatization of education or closure of private schools to put educational system back on rails in the state.

Ch. Zulfkar of PDP urged the government to pay attention towards those government schools, which have role of 400 students having only two teachers to educate them. He also highlighted the plight of those students who are reading under open sky and have no jute mating in their schools.

The MLA said the children of teachers are studying in private schools while roll in government schools is decreasing day by day.

Prof Garu Ram Bhagat said that the sanction strength of teachers in his area is 327 while only 156 are available. Which means 50 percent posts are vacant. Though there are highly qualified teachers in government schools still quality education is not available.

G M Saroori said that in erstwhile Doda district the norms fixed by government for up-gradation of schools were not taken into consideration and there is a high school at a distance of 40 kilometres in this hilly area.

Waqar Rasool of Congress also stressed that rural areas needed attention as students after middle have to travel 35 kilometres for education in High schools.

Nazir Gurezi, Jugal Kishroe Sharma and Nizam-ud-Din Bhat also highlighted the plight of students in their constituencies.

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