Over 2000 schools facing acute shortage of students

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, May 19, 2019: It may sound awkward that over 2000 JB and SB schools of the state, which has attained phenomenal success in literacy campaign over the years, are running into acute shortage of students nowadays.

A total of 1943 of government-run schools have less than 50 students while 645 JB schools and 17 Senior Basic Schools have less than 20 students, according to a report compiled by the School Education department.

Naturally, teaching staff are surplus in these schools, according to a report compiled by the department after new government came to power in March last year.

In other words, the government is spending crores of money to upkeep these schools- recurring expenditure, salary expense, mid-day meal, distribution of text books and uniform.

To keep their jobs safe, teachers are leaving no stone unturned to show that student attendance their schools are normal. But the records don't corroborate claim of normal attendance of students.

Why students are reluctant to go schools in spite of the fact almost everything is free there- from mid day meal and free text books to distribution of school uniform- all are free!

"It seems the government schools have failed to attract the students to come and do their study. Poor quality education system is to be blamed for today's beleaguered condition of government schools", said an official.


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