RTE objectives flouted at GMS Wandoor

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
24 Apr 2017

Though the Union government has made right to education a fundamental right by bringing into force the Right To Education (RTE) Act of 2009, but many government schools in this territory are lagging far behind in providing quality education. After the Govt. Sr. Secondary School, Prothrapur expose recently, this correspondent came across another government school in South Andaman where basic amenities still remain a distant dream for learners. With poor state of classrooms, corridors and verandahs serve as classrooms, lack of basic amenities; learning is hardly any fun at Govt. Middle School, Wandoor.
One of the oldest schools in South Andaman region with a healthy enrolment, the institution lacks even the most basic facilities to make the experience worthwhile depriving students of their fundamental right of education. Almost all the classrooms for learners from Std 1 to 8 are tainted with craters, wrecked doors and windows, leaking roof and presence of termites predominant all over. Visit to the institution left this correspondent aghast to find key amenities and infrastructure either missing or in a shoddy condition.
“The present condition of Government Middle School, Wandoor has become a scourge for parents who admit their wards in the institution. It seems that the administration has lost sight of the appalling condition of this school located far from the posh city. Students are compelled to study amid awful conditions. All the classrooms in the school are in poor state. Repair and maintenance of the school’s infrastructure has remained far from ensured for the past several years. Lack of basic amenities is impeding the very purpose of improving the quality of education and has now started creating resentment among the students and the school staff.  Repeated complaints to the senior authorities have failed to bring out any discernible change in the conditions,” said some parents speaking to this correspondent.
An alumnus of the school himself, the Pradhan of Wandoor, Ram Bala said that the school suffered extensive damages in the 2004  tsunami and earthquake. The demand for repair and renovation of  the school has been raised on several occasions with the administration. Engineers have recently inspected the school premises and the works will be carried out during the summer vacation, the Pradhan informed. The Headmaster of the School, Mr SK Mukherjee echoed the statement of the Gram Pradhan. “Top officials of the Education Department have already visited the school and the situation will improve after the summer vacations.”