Schools grappling with infrastructural demands of Class XI additions

The Education Department says that it is the responsibility of the principals to make short-tern arrangements and that the infrastructural support will take time to be set up.

Written by Shivani Yadav | Chandigarh | Published: September 5, 2012 12:35 am

The Education Department says that it is the responsibility of the principals to make short-tern arrangements and that the infrastructural support will take time to be set up

Around 800 students have been enrolled across 14 schools in the additional round of counseling for the humanities stream for class XI students. The schools are,however,faced with the task of meeting the infrastructural needs to accommodate the new students by clubbing sections of the existing ones.

To make available classrooms and furniture,the principals will have to make alternative arrangements for smaller batches of students to accommodate the new section in the humanities stream. The number of students will go beyond 60 and the teachers will have to work for an extra period. Tejinder Kaur,principal of the Government Senior Secondary School,Sector 45,says that the school has allocated the classroom presently used by 12 students of Punjabi language for the new students.

“We have filled 54 seats of the 61 additional seats that were made available to us for this round of counseling. We have five sections of Arts already and one lecturer per subject. There is a guest lecturer for English and that should suffice for all the students,” she says.

Principals say that school policy does not allow them to keep a stock of furniture that could be utilized on an immediate basis in the school premises. “We have 13 classrooms in the school and have merged the two sections of class X,which now contains 70 students,to accommodate the class XI students. For the furniture,we are getting old and broken furniture repaired,” says Jaspinder,principal of the Government Girls Senior Secondary School,Sector 23.

Baljinder Singh,principal of the Government Senior Secondary School,Sector 38,says that the school has given an application to the Education Department for additional furniture to be supplied,which will be granted in a few days.

The Education Department says that it is the responsibility of the principals to make short-tern arrangements and that the infrastructural support will take time to be set up. “Constructing new classrooms will take 2-3 years but we have to admit the students who have secured no seats yet now,as the alternative is to have them lose a year or drop out completely,” says District Education Officer Ram Kumar.

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