SSA provides no hope for far off schools



Jammu, May 12: Much hyped scheme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) has failed to serve the purpose for which it was launched in the Jammu and Kashmir as many schools in the hilly areas have not been upgraded and san basic facilities since decades.
 Besides some of the government schools are housed in dilapidated buildings awaiting major tragedy.
 The Government Primary School (GPS) Paddal in block Purmandal of district Samba is in shambles. Established in hilly village about decades ago, the school building is in a dilapidate state and can collapse any time.
 Besides shortage of staff, the school building has no recreation room, toilets, playground, boundary wall, safe drinking water or other necessary facilities, in blatant violation of the Apex Court directions asking the government to ensure such amenities in all government run schools.
 Defying all norms of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), the school is run by a single teacher. As per the norms of SSA, all government primary schools should have at least two teachers to cater to the educational requirements of the students.
 Rahul Dev a university scholar who voluntarily decided to teach the students of the area free of cost from past two years, said, “concerned officials never visit this village; they halt at Purmandal and without taking stock of the situation and listening to our grievances, go back,”. 
 He also informed that under SSA, annual grants for repairs and maintenance was awarded to every primary school, where this money goes, is a matter of investigation.
 “We have submitted memorandum to CEO, ZEO to solve the issue and also filed RTI application to unearth scam in the school as no money have been spent on the building since its inception” said Rahul Dev.
 He added that only five to six persons from this area have passed Matriculation for want of requisite infrastructure. Villagers while talking to this correspondent said “The hilly village, which is located at a distance of about five kilometers from the office of the Zonal Educational Office (ZEO), Purmandal has no proper road connectivity and the students after completing their primary education have to travel across the mountainous terrain to pursue further studies.
 The villagers are running from pillar to post to get the school upgraded for the sake of upcoming generation but all their efforts proved in vain (school remains at primary standard even after 4 decades of its existence). The strength of students in the school is   decreasing with every passing year and at present only 11 students are there in the school.
 However, Chief Educational Officer (CEO) Samba Ravi Dubey feigned ignorance about the entire issue. He said that he had received no such complaint from the villagers. He assured that immediate steps would be taken to repair the building after conducting a proper survey of the area and adequate staff is provided.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 13 May 2012 00:00:00 IST

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