2 more schools in Udupi district face threat of closure

As many as two lower primary schools in the district were shut down temporarily in the beginning of the current academic year owing to zero admissions. However, the District Public Instruction Department is expected to take a decision shortly over the possibilities on the fate of two more lower primary schools that have less then five students.

Udyavara West Lower Primary School and Mitrabettu Lower Primary School in Shirva are the two schools that were temporarily shut down due to zero admissions. Udupi taluk BEO Vasanth Shetty informed Deccan Herald that there are grim chances of reviving the Udyavara West Lower Primary School as there are no hopes of finding the students even for next academic year. There is a threat of permanently closing down the school. The school is located at a point where the Arabian Sea and Udyavara River join.

People started migrating from the area after the Tsunami. As a result, the school recorded decreasing number of students and as the years passed by, there were no students left in the area to come to the school. It is hard to find students and the school might be shut down permanently, he added.

Another school at Mitrabettu in Shirva was also shut down temporarily owing to lack of students. However, the school will not be permanently shut down as there are possibilities of 10 to 15 students getting admitted in the next academic year. The records of both the schools are merged with the nearby Higher Primary Schools for time being.

The records of Udyavara West Lower School are merged with the records of Kypunjalu Government Higher Primary School and that of Mitrabettu Lower Primary School is merged with Balladi Government Higher Primary School.

The two other schools that are being assessed for temporarily closing down include Government Lower Primary School at Bajila in Karkala taluk and Lower Primary School at Mattu in Udupi taluk. These two schools have recorded less than five students during the current year.

Shetty informed that he has requested the government to give approval for admitting the students of Mattu Lower Primary School to nearby aided school at Ambadi in Katpadi as there is no government school nearby.  “We cannot merge the school and the only option left is to shift the students to aided school.” Discussions were held with School Development Monitoring Committee (SDMC) and a decision will be taken within a week, he added.

Karkala taluk BEO Ravishankar Rao informed that the issue over merging or temporarily closing down of Bajila Government Lower Primary School is under scrutiny. Talks are held with SDMC and School Betterment Committee and shortly we will take a decision, he added.

There are as many as 617 Government Primary Schools in the district. There are about 217 aided schools besides 69 un-aided schools in the district.

DDPI Nagendra Madhyastha informed Deccan Herald that as of now, there are no plans to shut down the Government Lower Primary Schools permanently. All possible measures will be taken to restore the schools that have been temporarily shut down, he added.

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