City school speaks volumes of plight of education in State!
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 19: Why is there mushroom growth of English medium private schools in the State, at the cost of the vercular ones? It seems, this is a perfect example of the State Education Department getting the wrong end of stick over the years.
Adarsha Prathamic Vidyalaya, a provincialized lower primary (LP) school at Basistha is one of its kinds affected the worst due to paucity of teachers and lack of infrastructure.
The school with the strength of 75 pupils against two teachers, according to its headmaster Jatin Patgiri, was provincialized in 2014. As building, it has only one big hall without any provision for separate rooms for different classes. “We’ve erected some partitions in the hall to make rooms. We’re badly in the need of more teachers. We, myself and my assistant rayan Deka, are having a harrowing time to impart education to the 75 pupils. Sometimes the situation is simply beyond control. Tackling kids is not an easy task. We need to repeat things through the drilling method. Till the government appoints teachers, we have decided to appoint a lady teacher at our own cost,” Patgiri said.
“The government’s fund is too meagre for overall maintence of the school. During the AGP’s tenure we did receive Rs 50,000 from Atul Bora, now Dispur MLA. With funds raised from the local people the school compound was fenced. The local school committee doted furniture – desks and benches. The school has no uril in its campus. We all have to use urils elsewhere. However, the students have been receiving study materials even when the school was not provincialized,” Patgiri added.