Ranchi: The condition of model schools established in 2012 with the intention of improving the quality of teaching and raising the standard of education standard in the state reveals a bleak picture.
There are a total of 89 model schools in the state which have become a model of mismanagement. In addition to inadequate teachers, there is a lack of basic facilities such as benches and desks, buildings, infrastructure and even the roads that lead to the schools. Enrollment in these schools is minimal, some have no students at entry level, i.e. Class VI, and no books are available to the students who are on the rolls.
Although the session began in June, books have not yet been distributed to the students. Some students are using the books of their seniors, while others have bought their own.
Anand Mohan, principal of Model School, Angara, said, “Since the past two years, students have not received textbooks. Although the session began in June, the students have not yet received books to study. To resolve this issue, we requested senior students to hand over their old books to the juniors. Some of them have bought their own books.”
Model School, Kanke, has 214 students enrolled in this session from Class VI to XI but most of them don’t have books. Although books have been arranged from pass-out students not all have got the old books to continue with their studies. Anand Mishra, the principal of the school, said studies are adversly impacted if children don’t have books. “We cannot ask these students to buy books from the open market when there is a state provision to provide books for free,” he said.
Apart from books, basic infrastructure is also lacking in the model schools. From the want of building to furniture, schools are craving for every facility. There are inadequate number of classrooms and even if available, the classrooms are in a dilapidated state and lack proper sanitation.
Vincent, the principal of the Model School in Bero, stated, “The student attends classes at Project Girls High School, as we do not have a building of our own. The construction of the building is going on for the past seven years. As this is a girls’ school, there is no sanitation facility for boys in the Model School.”
Similarly, students of Model School, Mandar, attend their classes in another school.
Some model schools also lack benches and desks, requiring students to sit on the floor during class. Principal of Model School, Namkum, Shipra Sneha, stated, “Although we have had the building this year, there are neither benches nor desks for the students. The students have to sit on the floor in order to attend class.”
Talking to TOI, Deepak Kumar, principal of Model School, Bermo, said, “There is no approach road to the school. Students have to jump over a drain to reach the school. Due to the lack of a road and adequate infrastructure, no children wish to enrol. There has not been a single enrolment in classes VI, VII, and VIII.”
Secretary, education, K Ravi Kumar, admitted inadequacies in the model schools but also said they are working to improve the situation. “We are identifying the problems associated with model schools. The buildings of the model school will be completed by March next year. Every issue related to model schools will be resolved by next year.”





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