Uttam Mukherjee, LOHARDAGA: Kadak Village Primary School, one of the British era schools in Lohardaga district, is apparently defying the Right to Education Act (RTE) guidelines on the percentage of teacher-student ratio.
According to the act, there should be minimum one teacher for 30 students but this school has only one teacher for the whole school. The school, located in tribal-dominated Kadak village, about 18 km from the district headquarters, has almost hundred students from Classes I to V.
Johan Lakra (57), the in-charge headmaster, is the only teacher to look after all teaching and non-teaching affairs of the school. Lakra, who belongs to the same village and had availed his primary education in the same school, said the institution was started in the British era that later turned into a government school.
“Out of the total sanctioned post of three teachers, Chandrakanti Kumari retired on February 29 and Mukut Minz retired in June 2011. The department is yet to fill the posts of teachers that became vacant after the teachers retired. I am alone in the school and doing all work from taking classes to official works, including monitoring the distribution of midday meal,” said Lakra, who is set to retire in July 2014.
“The education department has opened a new primary school in the village at Neeche Toli that will share some burden from this oldest school of the area but it needs to be upgraded to a middle school as there is no middle school in the radius of 3-4 km of the school that has eight classrooms,” said a villager.
District superintendent of education Farhana Khatoon, who is also the district programme officer of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), said the entire district is facing scarcity of teachers.
This problem can only be solved after the government recruits teachers. “The department concerned is well aware of the problem. However, we will locally review possibilities of managing teachers in schools like the one in Kadak,” said Farhana.