IMPHAL, FEB 10: At a time when the state government is making effort to develop government schools under School Phagathansi Mission, locals of Yaingangpokpi have decried the apathy of the administration.
Demanding the government to fill the shortages of teachers at Ching-Tam Government High School, Yaingangpokpi, Imphal east, the school’s committee too has threatened to shut down the school from February 12.
Committee convener Ch Sanayanba, while briefing reporters at Manipur Press Club, said that there were good number of teachers and students at Yaingangpokpi Primary School and Ching-Tam Government High School. Three teachers are manning the Yaingangpokpi Primary school while five teachers are manning the Ching-Tam Government High school. The schools saw gradual decline in the number of students due to inadequate teachers.
Earlier, seven teachers were manning the Ching-Tam Government High school having 130 students. On July 7, 2018, the school headmaster in consultation with the School Management committee submitted an application to the Education (S) director via ZEO Imphal east requesting the posting of teachers. However, the concerned authority failed to send the teachers. Again, the SMC and school headmaster submitted a reminder to the director. However, the education department, contrary to what the SMC had expected, transferred one utilized teacher from the Ching-Tam Government High School, adding salt to the injury.
Frustrated at this, members of SMC visited the Education (S) Director office. They met AO David who advised them to meet the ZEO to discuss the issue. Taking the issue of the SMC seriously, the ZEO, on September 10, 2019, sought approval from the education director regarding utilization of three teachers from different schools in Lamlai AC, having no students, to man the Ching-Tam Government High school for some months. However, the director failed to approve it. Then, the Committee members met Local MLA Ksh Biren who also wrote a letter to the Education director requesting to send teachers to the school. However, the director did not honour the letter of the MLA. The Committee members also met the Education minister and apprised him of the issue. Then the minister directed the director to do the needful but no positive action is yet to be taken up despite his assurance.
We were expecting that sufficient teachers would be sent to the school by January 14 this year. With no authority failing to take up action positively, the committee members took the issue to the Chief Minister on Meeyamgi Numit. He also directed officials of education department to solve the issue. However, no teachers have been sent to the school, a visibly irritated convener said.
We strongly condemned the apathy of the government. It is blatant violation of the right to education of the children. Such irresponsible officials deserve punishment. We don’t want free uniform and free Mid-day meal rice but quality education to the students, he added.
25 students of the high school are appearing at the HSLC examination 2020. The committee has been hiring private tutors to teach the students in view of the matricular exam, he said.
If the government fails to send the sought teachers by February 12, the joint demand committee will shut down the school from February 13 and no government related activities will be allowed here, he threatened.