Sokke high school woes go unheard

Sokke high school woes go unheard

Lack of class rooms, teachers hit students hard

Students jostling for space to attend classes, craning often to look at the blackboard, bags kept on windows and floor... all these are among the unattended woes at Government High School at Sokke near Ajjampura.

As many as 341 students are studying in the school. They come from 43 surrounding villages. Classes 8 to 10 are divided into Kannada and English medium ones. There are 89 students in class 8 and 81 in class 9 for English medium.

Take for example, the class with 89 students. On an average, five to six students occupy a bench. Only 16 pairs of benches and desks are available for them.  They sit so close that shoulders of one student touch another’s shoulders.

Though there is a standing rule from the government to bifurcate classes in the case of 70-odd students, lack of adequate teachers is the hurdle here. The teaching is bound to be based on activity-based continuous evaluation of students. But inadequate teacher strength is the problem.

“With the available teachers, it has become difficult to complete the syllabus in the academic year as each period lasts for only 45 minutes. The government rules can be hardly implemented here,” a teacher said.

School Development and Monitoring Committee (SDMC) president Chandrashekar said the problem started when students started to prefer English medium during admission. Earlier, there was equal strength of students in English and Kannada medium classes. If the students are not taught separately, it may also impact SSLC results, he added.

Following this, the issue was brought to the notice of MLAs, zilla panchayat members, block education officers (BEOs) and also the deputy director of public instruction to grant at least two more class rooms and appoint Kannada, English and Science teachers on immediately, but to no avail, he added.

The problems are not restricted to class alone, as the only unkempt toilet and incomplete compound works are like ‘salt on the wound’. Amid this, the only relief is, the school has recorded over 90% results in SSLC from the past five years. The students have also excelled in national-level tests and also sports. It is high time the authorities concerned address the needs of the school, the teachers said.
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