At a time when the Education Minister Okendra Moirangthem has been underlining the imperative need to provide quality education to the students, a joint team of journalists and activists of Democratic Students' Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) who visited government schools in Imphal, found the shocking state rampant irregularities in these schools.

Poultry farm

The unused classrooms in the Iboyaima high school at Bhagyabati Leikai had been converted to poultry farms. There were altogether 44 students in the school, according to Head Mistress Anandi. But there are 29 teachers to teach them. On Monday only 10 students were present in the school.

In Khurai Girls' School at Lamlong, 22 teachers teach 59 students. Besides, there are two cooks, one watchman and two peons. Two women teachers had signed their attendance on Sundays and Eid.

11 teachers for 16 students

The team found just four students present at Radha Primary School, Wanghei Khunnou. The team was told rain waters inundate the school premises and as such classes have not been held for the last two years. This primary school has 11 teachers to teach 16 students.

Later talking to journalists, Thoithoi Arambam, general secretary of DESAM said that since teachers do not want to get posted at rural and hill areas, most of them are seen concentrating in the urban areas. The government ought to transfer these excess teachers to far off schools where there is a shortage, he added. Expressing unhappiness over some teachers who come once in a while to sign the attendance registers, Mr. Arambam said that such surprise inspections shall continue.