Thursday, July 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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70 border schools given a year to improve
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 2
Following poor results, science and commerce subjects have been withdrawn from many border villages of the district and the state government has declared close to 70 schools sick. Teachers of commerce and science, too, have been withdrawn from these schools.

The District Education Officer (Schools), Mr Dalip Singh Sandhu, has already written to the heads of these schools for the withdrawal. However, some schools in the border belt have been given a year to improve results and students strength or be declared “sick”.

The schools that will lose commerce classes from this session include schools at Khadoor Sahib, Dam Ganj (Amritsar), Naushehra Pannuan, Ghariyala (boys), Gagomahal, Vichhoa, Jethuwal, and Bhoru. On the basis of a survey conducted by the DEO (secondary), the DPI Schools has also withdrawn science subjects from Naushehra Pannuan and Khadoor Sahib.

The schools that have been given a year to improve commerce studies are at Ajnala, Attari, Mahan Singh Gate (girls), Patti (boys), Bhakna Kalan, Majitha, Bal Kalan, Patti (girls) and Bhangali. The schools that have been given a year to improve science studies are at Bhangali, Jabbowal, Bhoru, Tur, Jethuwal, Goindwal, Valtoha, Khem Karan (boys), Bhalaipur Dogran and Ghariyala. The instructions are clear: show results or face action.

Mr Sohan Lal, DPI Schools, told this reporter that the schools where the student strength was less than 10, came under the category of sick units. After rationalisation, nearly 3,000 teachers had been rendered surplus, who had, now been adjusted.

The reason why border schools have come under the stick is rising absenteeism among teachers. Most of these teachers get posting in urban areas by using political influence, which renders a large number of posts in border villages vacant. The transport facilities and other infrastructure in the border belt is poor, so permanent teachers for these stations have sub-let their work, which has not only spoiled the academic atmosphere in these schools, but also helped private schools mushroom in the region.

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