|A school in Bongaigaon without a boundary and signboard.
Picture by Tejesh Kumar
Bongaigaon, Oct. 19: The Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan, Assam, has decided to improve the education scenario in Bongaigaon district after a panel found that many schools there lacked basic facilities.
The three-member district level quality assurance group under the mission had submitted their inspection report on the state of the educational infrastructure in Bongaigaon last month to Jugal Kishore Borah, district coordinator of the mission.
The survey was conducted from May 5 to September 13 in 56 high and higher secondary schools in the district.
The panel found many school buildings were not in a good condition and most of them had no boundary walls, main gate or signboards. Drinking water and sanitation facilities were also found to be in a poor state.
“Lack of furniture, shortage of classrooms and laboratories for science, mathematics, social science and computer were found in most of the schools. Libraries were also unused in these schools,” the report said. The literacy rate in the district is 70.44 per cent.
The group suggested the front façade of the school building should be improved to bring in more students, the school campus be surrounded by a brick wall and have a proper entrance and a signboard.
It recommended that the library and reading rooms be furnished with books, journals, newspapers and magazines. Laboratories should be made functional, the report added.
Other problems found in the survey are a lack of adequate teaching staff and no remedial classes for slow learners in many schools. The general assembly time (9am to 9.15am) was not utilised in a meaningful way and the absence of many teachers from the assembly was observed.
The parent-teacher association is not functioning well in many schools and attendance registers are not checked.
“The way of filing documents is poor and official documents kept in headmasters’/principal’s residences could not be produced during supervision. The dak receipt or dispatch registers and stock registers, among others, were not maintained properly,” the report said.
“Drinking water and sanitation facilities must be improved. Additional classrooms should be constructed to remove the problem of congested classrooms. Sufficient teachers should be appointed to maintain the teacher:student ratio of 1:35,” the panel said.
Remedial classes for slow learners should be implemented to check school dropouts and parent-teacher association should be functional, it added.