Ranchi, Sept. 6: Can you imagine 70 girls sharing a 25ft by 15ft room? You will be spared the strain if you visit Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Churchu, Hazaribagh.
A detailed inspection of the residential schools in the district by a central team leading to a comptroller and auditor general (CAG) report tabled in the Assembly today revealed that 64 and 45 girls respectively were also being accommodated in two rooms of another cradle in Ichak block.
The rooms also serve as classrooms for the students.
The CAG report (till March 31, 2011) bares the sorry state of education in Jharkhand, reflected by the way the Centre’s scheme is being run.
The Centre had launched the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya scheme in 2004 for setting up residential schools at the upper primary level for girls belonging to SC, ST, OBC and minorities.
Under the scheme, which was merged with Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) in 2007, the schools are supposed to have their own residential buildings.
To its surprise, the CAG team found that the schools in Churchu and Ichak were run in block resource centre buildings.
The report suggested that 44 primary schools had no classrooms while 13 schools had only one classroom each, as of the 2010-11 financial year.
According to SSA guidelines, there should be at least two classrooms with a verandah in every primary school and an additional room for the headmaster in every upper primary school. Block resource centres, on the other hand, are supposed to be venues for training teachers under SSA.