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Students in Mizoram village stay away from school


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AIZAWL: Parents of the 50 students are forced to keep their children away from the government primary school-I at Bualpui North village in Kolasib district which is virtually non-functional.

Aggrieved by ‘poor teaching’ at the school, the parents prevented their children from attending classes from Friday, after their repeated complaints to the authorities had allegedly fallen on deaf ears.

The agitating parents planned to submit a letter to concerned Kawnpui sub-divisional education officer (SDEO) on Friday, but postponed it for Monday as the official was not available.

According to sources, the school has three teachers, one regular and two contractual SSA teachers for the 50 students.

The head teacher, who is regular, and one SSA teacher came to the school from Kawnpui, about 15-km from the village. Only one teacher actually lived at the village, the parents said.

The teachers attend school very regularly, but they teach for only one period a day, leaving the students to play outside for the rest of the day, a parent said over phone.

He alleged that some class three students are unable to read and write their lessons correctly, while some others cannot tell a letter M from N.

The old head teacher, who is the only regular teacher, often sent his daughter on his behalf.

”When his daughter came, the students learnt better as she is more active than her father,” the parents said.

The parents had informed about the poor teaching in the school to the village education committee and the village council who also inspected the school.

The concerned SDEO had also talked to the VEC, VC and the teachers, but without any positive results.

The parents said members of the VEC and the VC also threw up their hands in despair and told them to do ”whatever we think is good for the school and the students.” (UNI)


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