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School in Golahalli has only three teachers



By Surender Bisht

Bangalore, Oct 25: The Government Prathamik Upper-Primary School in Golahalli has only three teachers and a Headmistress for 156 students in 1st to 7th Standards.

Ms. Bhagyalakshmi, who teaches 59 students from Standard I to III said, “It is difficult to control the whole class, and give attention to each student”. Teachers including the headmistress look after the administrative work, so it is very often that students are left with no teacher.
According to Headmistress of the school, Mrs. S. G. Rajalakshmi, “The government had allotted five teacher posts to this school, the school has requested for an additional teacher last week of July, but the teacher did not turn up.”

Mr. Mahesh, father of a student from third grade said, “Our kids must be looked after during class hours, and they must not left to wonder around while they are on their study hours.”

Due to limited number of classrooms, the nearly 40 year old school building cannot hold more classes. The headmistress Mrs. Rajalakshmi said, “A request was made to the local MLA SomShekhar, for renovation of the whole building, and adding more units to it, so classes can be distributed.” She further added that a new school building would be like a dream come true for her.

Mr. Venkatesh, the Block Education Officer said, vacant positions get filled if a teacher is transferred from another school. Otherwise, there is no special recruitment that takes place”. Probing on 59 students studying in one class, he said, “It’s a method that is used throughout Karnataka, where students from different grades study together."

Meeta Sengupta, who is currently the Director at Stratenomics, UK said, “Most teachers would find it tough to pay the required attention to each student in classes that exceed 40-50 especially if they are not trained well enough.”

“Only the average student can be served in a large class, so the very talented, the slow, the shy or even the less abled student suffers from lack of attention. While on an average the academic performance of a class can look good even in large classes, it is unlikely that teachers can improve the wider educational outcomes unless class sizes are manageable.” She concluded.

The Right to Education (RTE) Act has mandated a teacher-students ratio of 1:30, but the Upper Primary School in Golahalli still has a long way to go.


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