NARSINGHPUR : The condition of the schools located in the tribal areas and remote villages is deteriorating rapidly due to negligent behaviour of the staff posted in these schools. Every now and then severe irregularities in these schools surface, but the district administration evades its responsibility by merely constituting monitoring committees. The state government has tried to improve the system by launching the School Chalein Hum campaign but the changes brought at the ground level by this campaign are yet to have an impact.

A similar incident was reported on Tuesday when the residents of Mungwani village and surrounding areas reached the collector’s office and handed over a memorandum to the collector. The villagers demanded an action against principal of Government Higher Secondary School Keshavnandan Pateria. The villagers in their memorandum accused the in-charge principal of the school Pateria of extorting money from the poor students. The villagers claimed that the principal says that he collects money to send a share to the higher officials.

They complained that the school does not open on time and there are no fixed working hours of the school. They said that Pateria rarely comes to the school and remains absent most of the time. The teachers posted at the school also replicate his practice. They complained that no attention is paid to the academic work. Most of the students leave the school without completing their course due to the negligent behaviour of the staff.  They said that the teaching staffs threaten the students that if they would complaint against them their results would be withheld. The documents of the students submitted by them at the time of taking admission in the school are missing.  The villagers complained that they had filed a complaint last year also at the collector’s office but no action was taken against the school staff till date.

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