IMPHAL: Alleging that a teacher of Ching-Tam High School, Yaingangpokpi in Imphal east identified as Nongthombam Rockykanta of Luwangshangbam Matai has failed to attend school for years, Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) has demanded the concerned authority to initiate disciplinary actions against the erring teacher.
DESAM secretary General Leishangthem Lamyanba Meetei said that prolonged absence of the teacher was detected when a team of DESAM led by its Education and Academic Affairs Secretary Longjam Robin inspected the school on February 11 as a part of its Mass Reformation Campaign phase –II.
Upon inspection at Ching-Tam High School that has classes from VI to X, DESAM team found only six teachers manning the school. Of the six, two are utilized teachers. According to the local sources, one teacher Nongthombam Rockykanta of Luwangshangbam Matai has failed to attend the school and to sign in the school attendance register for years.
The school has no mathematics teacher. Of the sanctioned post of four science graduate teachers, only one teacher there to teach the students. Of the three sanctioned posts of Social Science, only one teacher was found carrying out his duty. The school has no non teaching staff. The teachers contribute Rs 100 each to hire a chowkidar. The quarter of the school was found in deplorable condition with no electricity and water, and the condition was not found to be fit for human dwelling and does not even have a toilet.
Manned by 18 teachers, the school was once functioning properly in the area years back. However, the school suffered gradual downfall with the Government failing to send teachers to fill up the vacant post lying due to superannuation, transfer and promotion of the teachers. 99 students are currently studying in the school.
Most surprisingly, the Ching-Tam High School, Yaingangpokpi in Imphal east is one of the schools designated as exam centres for the Manipur board conducted HSLC exam 2020 commencing from February 17. 271 students have been allotted this exam centre. However, the school has only 30 sets of desk and benches, the DESAM leader said and questioned how the Manipur board is going to conduct Matric exam in existing circumstances.
The school teachers have made arrangement on their own and sent the students who are appearing in the Matric exam to private coaching centres. Despite the fact that the headmaster in charge had repeatedly requested the government to send the required teachers for the school, concerned authority is not paying heed to the demands.
Notably, Joint demand committee, Yaingangpokpi earlier threatened to shut down the school from February 14 if the government fails to send teachers.
The DESAM team also inspected Yaingangpokpi Primary School and found only three teachers manning the school. It was also found that the headmaster has failed to attend school as he has been assigned census duty. The school has no toilet and water system.
Stating that education system is a parameter to determine the progress and decline of a country, the DESAM leader demanded the government to streamline the defective education mechanism at the earliest. Our future is bleak if the defective system is not streamlined in the right path. Education sector should not be politicized, he added.