Campaign to bring back students to govt. run schools bearing fruits
Pithoragarh, April 12
Efforts of some government teachers to attract children to government run schools having started paying as over a record 4930 new students have taken admissions in government schools of the district this new academic session of 2023 2024.
“We have this year organised an admission campaign as known as “Praveshotsava” (admission festival), campaign in which the admission day was flagged as a ceremonial day. The campaign to attract children to government schools, paid well and by April 14, we could get 4930 new admissions including 1400 new students to primary and secondary schools. The ,maximum students have been admitted in class 9th,” said A.K. Jukaria, Chief Education Officer of Pithoragarh district.
According to the reports reaching the district headquarter, besides in local schools namely Mission inter college, SDS intermediate College and GGIC, the “Praveshotsava” was also celebrated at Munsiyari, Gurna, Gangolihat of Pithoragarh district and Tanakpur and Champawat localities of Champawat district.
” The guardians have now started understanding the value of Goverment education system and the students are gradually turning towards these as infrastructural facilities in these schools are far better than those of private schools,” said Vinod Singh Matura, Block Education Officer of Munsiyari, who led the “Praveshotsava” programme in Atal Utkrasta Government Inter College,(GIC), Munsiyari.
“We have proved with our committed efforts at Gurna primary school that if given full attention to students needs, the faith towards government schools can return,” said Shubhash Joshi, a teacher in primary school Gurna, who has been credited with increasing a mere 13 students in the school in 2016 to 260 presently. “We also provide English classes by smart classes in school. We have 180 students from 1st to 5th class and 80 in nursery classes presently,” said Joshi.
Retired teachers of bygone era remember the education system in their times and recalled that government schools used to produce army officers, educationists, administrators, scientists, engineers and doctors during their time.”The decline of government education system began from the year 1977, when the then UP government started appointing Adhoc teachers without required qualifications and later regularised them, besides this policy, the governments also started regularising private schools opened by unqualified teachers in remote areas,” said Padma Datt Pant, a retired government school principal.