Tirupati: It has become a high task for the government to develop its own schools on par with corporate schools as it could not make available the study material to the students even after commencement of the schools during the current academic year. The students pursuing studies in private schools are ahead than government schools in studies where as the latter were still waiting to get their textbooks in several schools.
The government's aim to run the government school on par with private schools was became only mere announcement if the situation in the schools is witnessed. Even after two months completion of the current academic year, the uniforms were not distributed to the students in the schools. The government has not filled up the posts of Mandal Education Officers(MEO), Deputy District Education Officers(Dy DEO), which were lying vacant for the last several years which are running with in-charges.
Presently, there is only MEOs to seven mandals of the district against 66 total mandals. Dy DEOs were not filled up at Chittoor, Madanapalle, Puttur. Only Tirupati Dy DEO post was filled up. In the remaining 59 mandals where regular MEO posts were not filled up the senior headmasters are functioning as in-charge MEOs. The state has selected 276 primary schools in the district as Primary Model Schools during the current academic year, but funds were not released till today for creating infrastructure facilities and laboratories.
Following no further development in the primary model schools, the students and their parents are concerned about the future of the schools. Similarly the state has introduced biometric system in 54 selected schools to strengthen attendance of students and proper implementation of midday meal. But the biometric system is not properly functioning in many schools due to lack of supervision.
It is already two months of academic year completed, but uniforms were not supplied and about 20 per cent of books distribution is still pending. Following non-appointment of watchmen and scavengers due to shortage of dunds the schools are also facing security threat, as many schools don't have even compound walls where the anti-social elements are converting them as their dens during nights.
Due to non-release of Rs 12 crore dues from state the implementation of midday meal is also in stake at schools as Dwcra and other agencies are demanding to release dues. According to available information, the government has to release dues of midday meals for June and July. The government is releasing funds for primary schools (1 to 7) but it is not releasing the funds for high schools(8 to 10), it is learnt.
Progressive Recognised Teachers Union(PRTU) district secretary C. Srinivasa Yadav demanded the government to immediately appoint regular MEOs in all the mandals and DyDEO posts existing vacancies at three places-- Chittoor, Madanapalle and Puttur. At least the government should appoint them on ad hoc basis, who will inspect the schools regularly and ensure to resolve the problems being faced by the schools, he said. He asked the government to release the pending dues of midday meals immediately for smooth implementation of the programme, which may affect the students attendance.
MEO posts were lying vacant in 59 mandals
The three Deputy DEO posts are not regularalised.
Uniforms were still not supplied to the students
About 20 percent of books distribution is still pending.
Bio metric system to students in 54 selected schools was not implemented properly....