One physical education teacher for 197 public school students: The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Deepender Deswal

Hisar, September 10

The transfer of teachers from the government as part of the rationalization policy has made a public high school only one physical education teacher for 197 students in the district’s Dhani Raipur village.

After the villagers staged a protest at the school, the village panchayat wrote to the district education department to ensure the deployment of the required number of teachers to the school. The villagers said they had raised the matter with Education Department officials and would be forced to take action such as blocking the highway if their grievance was not addressed by Monday .

Uday Kumar, a villager, said there were eight teaching positions including the headmaster, in addition to teachers of subjects such as English, Hindi, math, science, social studies, Sanskrit and drawing. “But during the rationalization process, these teachers were transferred from the school. As a result, this school has only one teacher – Physical Preparation Instructor (PTI). This school established in 1954 has been a major center of education not only for the village but also for neighboring villages,” he said.

A member of zila parishad, Krishan Satrod, said that at present, this school has 197 students out of which a majority of students are girls. “Villagers have met with district education officials nearly six times to highlight their problem. Now they will meet with the Deputy Commissioner on Monday. I urge the state government to immediately address the issue as the future of students is at stake in the absence of teachers,” he said. The Neelam village sarpanch has written a letter to the DEO, Kuldeep Sihag, urging him to ensure that vacancies are filled as educational activities have stalled in the school.

Education Department officials say many schools in the village are facing a shortage of teaching staff after the rationalization process. “The root of the problem is the shortage of teachers. With no teacher recruitment, nearly 33 percent of teaching positions are vacant in Hisar district,” an official said. Sihag said they sent the representation of the villagers to higher authorities.

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