Four years since Punjab government opened 24 Adarsh schools across the state to provide education to the rural poor,the 13th school shut down in Moga on Monday. Students who were to attend classes on July 1 after summer vacations,as a mark of protest attended classes in the home of a villager on Tuesday.
In Manawa village of Moga,sub-division Kot Isey Khan,the Adarsh school was being run by reputed Baba Isher Singh Group of Institutes. However,owing to regular problems the group told the deputy commissioner that they will not be able to run the school any more following which the summer vacations were first extended to July 14 and on Monday further extended to July 21.
Not accepting the orders,teachers,students and parents tried to enter the heavily guarded school premises but failed. It is to be noted that Congress leader Inderjeet Singh Zira too reached the spot and supported the students after which the classes were held on the road.
The district administration is still silent on when the school will reopen.
Teachers of the school,while alleging that they are being asked to sign vouchers for full salary are actually getting half the amount.
Meant to provide affordable education to the poor,parents alleged that they are being looted by the private companies who have been given the lease to run the schools by the state government. Children are being asked to pay hefty amounts for uniforms,transport and fees. Similar issue cropped up in Adarsh school of Village Daulatpura too few months back.
Our classes will continue. So what if we are not allowed to enter the school. What is the fault of these children? said a teacher. On Tuesday too teachers continued to hold classes in the home of a village resident Amarjit Singh.