For a district which boasts of several national institutes, basic educational infrastructure seems to be in a dismal state. Data provided by education authorities suggests that primary schools in the district are short of nearly 6,500 benches (double seaters), 190 classrooms and 75 teachers.
Sources say that students were also short of around 37,000 sets of textbooks, which were recently provided under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme.
District Education Officer (Elementary Education) Gurjeet Singh said that in September 2013, school-wise data on parameters such as pupil strength, basic infrastructure, and other facilities was collected under the District Information System for Education (DISE). After the data was compiled, a proposal demanding grants for various development works was forwarded to the central government in January this year.
There are as many as 450 government primary schools in the district with approximately 35,000 students. Sources added that two schools in the district have no toilets or potable water, which may be seen as an improvement from a few years ago when more than a hundred schools had no toilets.
“Under SSA grants, toilet and water facilities have been provided in all schools. The situation at the two schools without toilets — at Choti Badi Naggal village and Bishangarh village — is not due to lack of grants but to an internal dispute in the schools,” an official said.
Sources said that of the 1,431 posts for teachers, 75 were lying vacant. Also, a hundred schools require major repairs.
“Every shortage in infrastructure and other resources has been mentioned in the proposal that will be approved by the government before grants are extended to the district. We are hoping it will happen soon,” said DEO Gurjeet Singh.