Three teachers for 177 students at this South Corpn school, classes clubbed

Three teachers for 177 students at this South Corpn school, classes clubbed

Three teachers for 177 students at this South Corpn school, classes clubbed

A municipal school in south Delhi's Hauz Khas has been managing with only three teachers, including the principal, for its 177 children since July.

According to the Right to Education Act, every school should have one teacher per 30 students. But Nigam Pratibha Vidyalya in Y Block of Hauz Khas Enclave has one for nearly 60.

The school under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has 177 students studying from nursery to class 5, said principal Pushpa Lakra.

It is a co-educational English medium school which runs from 8 am to 1 pm. Classes are now clubbed to meet the shortfall. “One teacher teaches nursery and class 1 together," said the principal.  “Another teacher and I teach two classes each," she added. The principal teaches Hindi, Social Studies, Science and English.

The principal said while admissions go on throughout the year, there is a shortage of teachers.  “We have two teachers here, and we have vacancies for two teachers,” she said.
Up to May 10, the school had its full strength of six teachers, including two who were on contract.

“These two teachers have not been coming to the school,” said the principal.  “While one contractual teacher was shifted to another school, the contract of the other teacher has not been renewed yet.”

Another teacher is on maternity leave, bringing down the strength to just three, including the principal.

The principal claims that she has informed the zonal office at Green Park about the shortfall.

“I have told the area inspector (municipal education department) that I have been facing problems due to shortage of teachers at the school. They said they will provide teachers soon,” Lakra said.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation sources said the reshuffling of the contractual teachers has taken place at the headquarter level instead of the zonal office, which has caused this mess.

“Had the transfer of teachers or the renewal of the contracts been done at the zonal level (Green Park office), there would have been adequate number of teachers at each municipal school,” an official said.

When contacted, officials at the Green Park office said the matter will be resolved soon.“We know about the lack of teachers at the school. We are looking into it and the sanctioned strength of teachers will be met by the end of this week,” said an official.