437 schools on the verge of closure
As many as 437 schools in the Tribal areas in the district are on the verge of closure due to less strength of students. It is alleged that irresponsible attitude of the teachers not showing interest in teaching in remote agency areas has led to the increase in dropouts.
Adilabad: As many as 437 schools in the Tribal areas in the district are on the verge of closure due to less strength of students.
It is alleged that irresponsible attitude of the teachers not showing interest in teaching in remote agency areas has led to the increase in dropouts.
The government has set up 906 schools to cater the tribal students residing in Adilabad, Asifabad, Nirmal and Mancheriyal districts. However, students discontinued their studies as teachers often escaped their duties.
There are 354 schools that have less than 20 students and 129 schools where the strength is below 10. Worst, nine tribal schools in Adilabad district and another 20 schools in remaining three districts have no students at all.
The poor performance of the Integrated Tribal Development Authority (ITDA) schools is also said to be one of the reasons for students not to show interest in joining the schools. The statistics on new admissions into 2017-18 academic year are not encouraging.
Last academic year, 1,428 boys and 1,433 girls took admission into these schools. This shows that each class does not have more than five students.
The strength in Class II is also almost similar to this. As many as 1,711 boys and 1,722 girls joined in Class II which shows each class has only six students.
In the similar manner, number of students per class has been decreased in upper classes. While, the average strength in Class III is three and the number even dropped further, the number of students joining in Class V is also quite disappointing.
The figures reveal that the students in agencies are winding up their studies even before upper primary level. This is also the same case with girls and even worse in some cases. Almost 350 schools do not have a single girl student.
“Lack of concern by the parents and absence of infrastructure in the schools are main reasons for increasing dropout rate among girl students,” said Madavi Bhujanga Rao, a tribal leader.
He demanded the government to take necessary steps to contain the dropout rates and provide infrastructure to attract students, instead of closing them down.