To much embarrassment of the Banaskantha district education authorities, people from Bhodaliya village boycotted the Gujarat government’s much publicized school enrollment drive held a couple of days ago, in protest against the poor quality of education in the village school.
No admissions were conducted there as residents of this village in north Gujarat decided not to send their children to school for admission during this annual government event held between June 12 and 14. The people of this village in Bhabhar taluka were angry that there weren’t sufficient number of teachers in their school, which was adversely affecting the education in these schools for quite some time.
At present, there are only five teachers in the village school while the required number is eight, confirmed district primary education officer, Dr J.G Pathak. He also said that while the villagers demanded that the requirement should be fulfilled immediately, it would be difficult to do so until some teachers volunteered to work in this village.
Dr Pathak said that the problem should be resolved in the next month, when a teachers’ transfer camp will be held in Banaskantha district, where they expect to get requests for posting in Bhodaliya village. “There were enough teachers here, but during a transfer camp last year, three teachers from here chose to go to Kankrej taluka school, leaving this school with only five,” added Dr Pathak. “But we are going to fill all vacancies in due course after the next transfer camp is held,” he said.
Speaking on the issue, senior Congress leader from Banaskanha district, Dalsangbhai Patel asserted that there was substance in the demand made by Bhodaliya villagers. “There is no point in organising admission programmes for children when there aren’t enough teachers to teach them. In Banaskantha district, there is a shortfall of 1,000 teachers in primary schools, whereas the establishment requirement is 18,000 teachers,” he said.