Cow dung cakes and wasp hives in dingy classrooms,dal that seemed like boiled water and naked electric wires greeted a five-member panel of Punjab legislators as they paid a surprise visit to the government-run schools the border belt of Amritsar.
Led by Akali MLA from Balluana,Gurtej Singh Ghuriana,the legislators held a meeting with education officials in Amritsar on Friday where the officers made tall claims of providing state-of-the-art education in schools.
But,their claims were soon to be ripped apart when the legislators panel decided to visit a few schools. The hungry legislators decided to have their meals with schoolchildren at Sarangdev Government School by sharing their mid-day meal. But,the meal scheme daal that was served to them was no better than warm water. A panel members,as per a source,was heard saying that dal nu vekh ke taan bhukh hi mar gayee (After seeing the dal,I have lost my appetite).
Sources said that there was only one teacher for 300 students at the School,who too was on leave on Friday. Dal was good for nothing. We also noticed naked electric wires at the School, MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali told The Indian Express.
The legislators reportedly gave a dressing down to the education officials accompanying them and also reprimanded the district Mid-day meal in-charge.
To save their face,the education officials took the team to Harar Government School,which won the appreciation of the panel members.
But,the happiness of the officials was short lived with the panel visiting Bal Labba Darya Government School. One of the legislators said,This is perhaps the worst government school in Punjab. The team saw wasp hives and cow dungs in dingy classrooms. We would conduct raids in other schools,as well,he added.