Bhopal, Feb 18: While a majority of the government-run schools in Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh do not have teachers and the education system in the district is in mess, the government-run school of Dharukheri village for the past three years is running without any students. While there are at least 42 schools of the 999 schools in the district that do not have a single teacher and 68 schools have only one teacher, the school of Dharukheri village do not have students but have three teachers in the school.
According to the teacher of the school, as the school has Adivasi students registered, most of these students don’t attend the school. “Mostly Adivasi students are registered. Out of 3 students, 2 girls are married, they come occasionally & the boy is a goat herder,” the teacher said in an interview with ANI.
Agar Malwa has a population of 4.80 lakh and the district has 999 government schools which include 651 primary, 296 middle and 31 high schools. There are also 19 higher secondary and two model higher secondary school in the district. The district has been into headlines for the poor quality of education provided and according to the officials of district education department officials, out of 999 schools, there are more than 42 schools that do not have a single teacher and 68 schools have only one teacher.
In the Barod development block of the districts, there are 15 government schools running without any teacher. Local authorities of the district have blamed the state government for being responsible for the poor condition of education in the district and stated that there have been no appointments since 2013 and the teachers transferred from urban areas are not ready to take classes in rural schools.
After being caved out of Shajapur district, Agar-Malwa became the 51st district of Madhya Pradesh on 16 August 2013. As per the Right to Education Act, all schools are expected to maintain a healthy student-teacher ratio in schools and there should be at least one teacher for every 30 students.