Survey light on poor facilities in schools
Guwahati: A survey conducted by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has brought to light the poor infrastructure in government schools.
According to the survey, 53 per cent schools in Arunachal Pradesh do not have drinking water supply, only 20 per cent have library and laboratory, 40 per cent do not have sanitation facilities and 48 per cent lack a boundary wall.
The union on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to chief minister Pema Khandu with the highlights and observations made during the Education and Health 2017-18 Survey. The union had involved its district unit members who visited every educational and health institution to assess their shortages and problems.
The survey found insufficient desks and benches in and irregular supply of books to government schools. It said 80 per cent schools do not have land possession certificates, most primary schools have a single teacher, 80 per cent do not have computers and there is a need for 2,500 more subject teachers, especially mathematics and science.
The memorandum said it was clear from survey reports that most educational institutions in the state were in a shambles and complete state of neglect. In many places, schools are running in makeshift structures or are on the verge of collapse, endangering the lives of the students and teachers.
It said there was "lack of required attention" from the authorities towards the Arunachal University of Studies, the lone state university.
"The university is sadly yet to acquire the status of a university in the actual sense of the term. Every year, a paltry sum is allocated for its upkeep which is not sufficient to sustain a state university in the long run," it said.
The survey said students were suffering because of absence of textbooks. "Even if funds are provided for textbooks, they are not released on time making it impossible to deliver the books before the onset of academic session."
The report said the union came across schools where enrolment had been almost nil or just a few were enrolled in the past several years. "Funds are regularly being sanctioned for upkeep of such schools despite no students being enrolled. The state government should take serious note of it and immediately close down such schools," it added.