BENGALURU: Summer vacations are over but classes are yet to resume at 37 government schools in four districts of Mysuru region.
Reason: They don’t have teachers. A visit by members of Karnataka State Commission for Protection of child rights (KCPCR) revealed this shocking fact.
According to KCPCR, studies in at least 40 government schools at Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Madikeri and Mysuru districts were severely hit due to lack of teachers.
A couple of them were managing with just one teacher while a few were surviving on services of teachers from nearby schools.
“Statements are made by government and minister about improving the government schools but how can it be possible without teachers,” said a KCPCR member. “We surveyed only a few schools and our figures are just an indication of the condition of government schools in the state. Total figure of schools without teachers may be scary,” the member added.
The KCPCR team found during its inspection that children at some schools were coming regularly, but only to return home without gaining much knowledge in absence of teachers. Some schools did not have teachers despite having more than 15 children.
Based on the data collected, the commission will soon issue notice to all the officials concerned.
“Getting education is right of every child and by not providing teachers, government is doing an injustice to those kids. We will ask them to submit an action taken report in next 10 days,” said a KCPCR official.