DIPHU, Nov 15: Shortage of benches and desks in government primary and elementary school is not a new thing. The Drongo Express while visiting at Panjan LP School under Nilip Block on November 13, 2017, saw class-I and II students seated on the floor for taking their classes with pathetic condition.
The school was established in 1940 but till date there are no benches or desks for the 125 students of the school. As per the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, the Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) for both primary and upper primary schools should be 30:1 and 35:1 respectively while, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) framework stipulates that the PTR at secondary level should be 30:1. However, local residents told our staff reporter that there are only three teachers which have appointed for the school.
The school building and is premise is in good condition however, the absence of any benches and desks for students of class-I and II shows the dismal conditions of the education infrastructures and environment of Panjan area.
Local residents have appealed the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) authority to immediately look into the matter and take necessary steps at the earliest to end the pains of the children and other problems of the school.
It may be mentioned that a local media on March 20, 2917, while inspecting some schools in Lumbajong Block area found that many furniture, blackboard and other items supplied to the schools were of third grade quality and not usable at all.