6 schools in Belthangady have single teachers

6 schools in Belthangady have single teachers

Report on status of education sheds light on lacunae

Belthangady, one of the biggest taluk in Dakshina Kannada district has six schools having single teachers.

The startling revelation is made in a report on the status of education in Dakshina Kannada— ‘Shaikshanika praja varadi’, prepared by Prajayatna, a NGO which has been working in the field of education.

According to the report, Belthangday taluk has 12 clusters. The six schools which have single teachers are Kerya school in Puthila cluster, Raktheshwaripadpu school in Guruvayanakere cluster, Kanchinadka school in Kuppetti cluster, Pandijevalya in Bajire cluster, Kolpady school in Halepete Ujire and Ujirebettu school in Karaya cluster Thannirupanta Gram Panchayat. Ujirebettu School has 42 children.

The report says “there is no shortage of teachers in taluk and hobli centres. However, the shortage of teachers is a problem in those schools situated in rural villages, which has no transportation facilities. There is shortage of teachers in Barya, Bengila, Kerya, Kalleri, Turkalike, Saralikatte, Puthila, Periyotti, Thannirupantha, Kuthina, Kolpady, Netyade, Kattadabailu, Odinala, Paladka, Melanthabettu, Kunjathodi villages.

Though the ratio of teacher and student is 1:24 in the district, it is 1:31 in Belthangady taluk. However at Barya Gram Panchayat limits it is 1:45. The report says that in six schools in Barya Gram Panchayat limits, there are 909 students and only 20 teachers.

Koraga community

The report says though there are 1,088 Koraga families with population of 4,990 in Dakshina Kannada district, majority of the population has remained illiterate. A few of the members of the community in urban areas are educated.

Though Ashrama schools have been set up to educate Koraga children, many of the children drop out from the Ashrama school. Report said “owing to lack of awareness on education among the parents belonging to Koraga community the school drop of rate is higher among the Koraga community kids.

 A report submitted by Dr Mohammed Peer Committee on the integrated development of Koraga two decades ago has not been implemented so far. There is a need to educate the children from Koraga community.”

A large number of migrant labourers were found in Kinnigoli, Aikala, Nellikaya, Kallamundkuru, Beluvai, Kandavara and Malavoor gram panchayats. As many as 159 children of migrant labourers were enrolled in 11 schools of these gram panchayats, of which, 20 children have returned to their native villages. However, only two children have taken their TC from the school.

The remaining 18 students have left the school without giving any information.

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