Students protest lack of PGTs in Sabari School

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V SENTHIL KUMAR
RANGAT
31 Jul 2017

Students of Class XII the Government Senior Secondary School, Sabari in Middle Andaman boycotted classes and came on streets protesting against the shortage of teaching staff in their school last Saturday According to reports, unrest was prevailing among the students since resumption of the academic session after summer vacations when they found no teachers in the disciplines of PGT Chemistry and PGT Maths. On Saturday, the students approached the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Rangat and submitted a petition requesting immediate posting of the teachers in the School.
According to information, incumbent posted as PGT Chemistry and PGT Maths at Sabari School were placed on transfer before the summer vacations, but their substitutes have been reported for duty at the school till date. The Deputy Education Officer, Rangat, had earlier assured early posting of teachers, but finding no teachers even a month after the school re-opened, students of Class XII decided to raise their voice in protest.
“Students of Sabari School have always performed well in CBSE Class X and XII exams. Even we wish to continue the tradition, but without teachers it won’t be possible. It’s now more than a month that not a single class of Chemistry and Maths could be held. If the situation continues, we would not be able to complete the course curriculum before the crucial examinations, which will badly affect our careers. On one side the administration claims to provide proper education to children especially in rural areas, but in actuality nothing has been done so far. We’ve submitted our demands to the Assistant Commissioner, who has assured to take up the matter with the Education Department.  Students here are in an agitated state of mind and have decided to stay away from school if the authorities fail to depute the teachers within a stipulated period,” said some students speaking to EOI.