Of the 800 schools on the merger list, the maximum, 140, are in Hoshiarpur, 133 in Gurdaspur, 71 in Ropar, 52 in Pathankot, 50 in Patiala, 54 in Jalandhar, 39 in Ludhiana, 30 in Mohali, 34 in Nawanshahr, 22 in Ferozepur, 41 in Fatehgarh Sahib and 30 in Amritsar. There are 57 schools with one to five students, 141 schools with six to 10 children, 362 schools with 11 to 15 children and 240 schools with 16 to 19 children. A total of 1,168 teachers are working in these 800 schools.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Krishan Kumar, Chief Secretary, Education, Punjab said that ‘the student teacher ratio in these schools is completely skewed and to balance it, merger decision has been taken’. “For example in government primary school at Ramgarh Rurki of Mohali, there is no student, but one teacher is posted there. Similarly, in Kulgara school of Ropar, there is one student but two teachers. Likewise, there are schools with two students and three teachers, four students and two teachers, four students and one teacher and two students and one teacher. We have to sort it out and utilise maximum potential of the teachers,” he said.