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Government high schools in Manipur's Kamjong, Ukhrul districts hit hard by lack of teachers, infrastructure

Veikhang Junior High School under Ukhrul assembly constituency has neither school building nor teacher, while some schools have barely any teaching staff..

ByRicky Angkang

Updated 25 Apr 2022, 7:07 pm

A government school in Kamjong, Manipur (PHOTO: IFP)
A government school in Kamjong, Manipur (PHOTO: IFP)

 

Quite contrary to the government’s policy of education for all and reforms in the country’s education system, several government schools in Manipur's hill districts of Kamjong and Ukhrul are found reeling under acute shortage of teaching staff and basic educational infrastructure facilities. Most of the government schools were found lacking in adequate number of teaching staff and far from making the teaching-learning environment conducive for a child's educational growth and development.

When the Imphal Free Press enquired about the prevailing educational crisis facing government schools in the two districts, some schools have no buildings and teachers. In some schools, the teacher and class ratio were found to be out of proportion.

Sources told the Imphal Free Press that Veikhang Junior High School under Ukhrul assembly constituency has neither building nor teacher.

Kamjong High School, which has been ‘upgraded to a higher secondary’ in 2021 has only 33 students - 29 in Arts stream and four others in Science stream. However, the school has ‘no sanctioned posts’ for teaching faculty, except for the post of principal, which again is being utilised from Ukhrul Higher Secondary School.

It was also found that Grihang High School under Kamjong district has only one graduate teacher and one matriculate teacher in addition to headmaster in-charge, while Kangpat High School has only three teachers.

At the high school level, 277 students have enrolled for the academic session 2022-23. And out of the 26 sanctioned posts for teaching faculty, only 10 teachers are available, sources added.

Khangkhui Khunou Primary School and Khangkhui Khullen Primary School under Ukhrul kendra have five teachers each while Choithar Government High School have only three teachers.

The Tora Government School under Sagolmang area in Chingai kendra of Ukhrul district is run by one headmaster with no other teaching staff.

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At Sirarakhong High School, only one headmaster in-charge and one teacher are running the school while at Lungshang Primary School, headmaster and three teachers are taking care of the whole affairs.

Similarly, Ringui and Teinem government high schools have only five teaching staff.

One Akhui, a resident of Kamjong, told the IFP over the phone on Saturday that several government schools in Kamjong are hardly functioning due to the prolonged negligence by the concerned authorities.

Kamjong covers many areas and given its massive geographical size and population, establishing an institute of repute with adequate number of teaching staff and infrastructure is needed urgently.

"I do believe and hope that the Biren Singh-led Manipur government will do the needful," he added.

Absence of proper school building, lack of teaching staff, duly appointed teachers not stationed at the assigned places and lack of basic infrastructure for students and staff are some of the pressing issues of government educational institutions in Manipur today.

Quite contrary to the government’s policy of education for all and reforms in the country’s education system, several government schools in Manipur's hill districts of Kamjong and Ukhrul are found reeling under acute shortage of teaching staff and basic educational infrastructure facilities. Most of the government schools were found lacking in adequate number of teaching staff and far from making the teaching-learning environment conducive for a child's educational growth and development.

When the Imphal Free Press enquired about the prevailing educational crisis facing government schools in the two districts, some schools have no buildings and teachers. In some schools, the teacher and class ratio were found to be out of proportion.

Sources told the Imphal Free Press that Veikhang Junior High School under Ukhrul assembly constituency has neither building nor teacher.

Kamjong High School, which has been ‘upgraded to a higher secondary’ in 2021 has only 33 students - 29 in Arts stream and four others in Science stream. However, the school has ‘no sanctioned posts’ for teaching faculty, except for the post of principal, which again is being utilised from Ukhrul Higher Secondary School.

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It was also found that Grihang High School under Kamjong district has only one graduate teacher and one matriculate teacher in addition to headmaster in-charge, while Kangpat High School has only three teachers.

At the high school level, 277 students have enrolled for the academic session 2022-23. And out of the 26 sanctioned posts for teaching faculty, only 10 teachers are available, sources added.

Khangkhui Khunou Primary School and Khangkhui Khullen Primary School under Ukhrul kendra have five teachers each while Choithar Government High School have only three teachers.

The Tora Government School under Sagolmang area in Chingai kendra of Ukhrul district is run by one headmaster with no other teaching staff.

At Sirarakhong High School, only one headmaster in-charge and one teacher are running the school while at Lungshang Primary School, headmaster and three teachers are taking care of the whole affairs.

Similarly, Ringui and Teinem government high schools have only five teaching staff.

One Akhui, a resident of Kamjong, told the IFP over the phone on Saturday that several government schools in Kamjong are hardly functioning due to the prolonged negligence by the concerned authorities.

Kamjong covers many areas and given its massive geographical size and population, establishing an institute of repute with adequate number of teaching staff and infrastructure is needed urgently.

"I do believe and hope that the Biren Singh-led Manipur government will do the needful," he added.

Absence of proper school building, lack of teaching staff, duly appointed teachers not stationed at the assigned places and lack of basic infrastructure for students and staff are some of the pressing issues of government educational institutions in Manipur today.

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First published:24 Apr 2022, 4:44 pm

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Ricky Angkang

Ricky Angkang

IFP Correspondent, Ukhrul, Manipur

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