Shortage of benches, desks forces primary school students to swap floors in Middle Andaman

Report by: 
V SENTHIL KUMAR
RANGAT
28 Aug 2017

A sizeable number of pupils in the majority of primary government schools running in remote pockets of the Middle Andaman region are forced to study in poor conditions, making it harder for them to perform well, as per reports. For hundreds of students in many  government  school here shortage of benches and desks for the past many years meant they studied in discomfort - on dirty floors, at times on open corridors.
According to reports, shortage of desks and benches in primary school in Middle Andaman is an old matter which has forced children to sit on rugs and on the floor and study and the situation remains unaddressed till date. Enrolment in government schools have increased significantly in the past with senior officials aiming at improving the quality of education in remote pockets.  But lack of basic facilities is generating serious resentment among parents of pupils studying in the schools of Middle Andaman.
“If one goes through the statistics, the ratio of one desk to the prescribed number of pupils in one classroom surpasses the prescribed ratio in almost every government school particularly in the primary level here. This is an indication that enrolment in government schools has increased in the past few years. But lack of basic facilities is absolutely not expected. Presently, repaired furniture is being used by the school  and almost all of them are in an extremely dilapidated state.  The authorities should take a serious note of the situation and ensure remedial measures in the interest of students,” said some parents.
When contacted, the Deputy Education Officer of Middle Andaman Educational Zone, said that the department is seized of the matter. “Requisitions for benches and desks have been received from various schools in the region. But for paucity of funds, the procurement procedures could not be initiated. However, the department will take necessary steps to ensure comfort of students in the region,” he added.