The meeting of Headmasters and CRPs held at the Collectorate on Friday highlighted the problems being faced by administrators in schools. They also sought the immediate attention of higher officials.

There are about 750 schools, which are functioning with single teachers. The situation in such schools becomes even more difficult when the existing teacher goes on leave.

The schools got considerable strength with the perfect organisation of Vidya Pakshotsvalu in the first two weeks of June where the teachers were able to convince parents to get their children admitted in government schools. “A large number of students were admitted in schools, in some cases the strength of the school was almost doubled but the number of teachers was intact. It is becoming difficult to teach so many students with such few teachers. We need Vidya volunteers immediately,” said a headmaster while participating in the meeting.

The other important issue that got focus was lack of sufficient classrooms, some of them being in a dilapidated condition. They need to construct additional classrooms was also voiced by many. Some of the teachers complained about the kerosene problem to run generators and sought the supply of fuel from ration shops.

When contacted, District Educational Officer G. Ramesh said that the district needs more than 3,250 Vidya volunteers and they had sent proposals to the government in this regard. In addition, 936 teacher posts are already vacant and will be notified in the next district selection committee recruitment.

Referring to the dilapidated condition of classrooms, Mr. Ramesh said that 1,125 rooms in 587 schools were in pitiable condition and no funds were sanctioned for the year 2013-14, the reason being that unspent funds needed to be utilised first to meet the requirement under Rajiv Vidya Mission.