Of ‘missing’ teachers, bad food and snakes

Rajulapudi Srinivas

Plethora of problems plagues inmates of several government hostels in Nellore district

NELLORE: The plight of inmates in various government hostels

in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district is pathetic to say the least going by the calls received by officials.

The problems range from irregular teachers or vidya volunteers, poor teaching standards, sub-standard food in hostels and even snakes and reptiles slithering into hostels.

Officials received over 40 calls from inmates of various government hostels in Kaligiri, Ananthasagaram, Nellore, Indukuripet and other mandals at a call centre set up by them for the purpose at the Collectorate.

The ‘call centre for welfare hostels’ was set up on November 14 with a view to providing better amenities in BC, Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare hostels in the district. Hostel inmates, parents, staff or any other person can call the toll-free number 0861-2349999 and register their complaint.

No study hours

A student from BC Girls Hostel, Nellore, complained that the teachers were not conducting study hours and the vidya volunteers were unqualified.

She said the hostel warden was not staying in the hostel and the students were forced to cook and do the cleaning and other works in the hostel. Students of BC Boys Hostel at Sullurpeta and Mudivarthipalem complained that stale, sub-standard food was being served by the staff.

Inmates of Social Welfare Boys Hostel at Kaligiri said they lived on constant fear as snakes were moving around the hostel. Many students requested the officials to appoint regular teachers and conduct study hours as the annual examinations were fast approaching.

Poor response

Most of the hostel welfare officers were not responding to the complaints as they did not know how to access the SMS sent by the call centre staff and send a reply.

In some cases, a few officers simply replied that the higher-ups were apprised of the problem.

Of the 40 grievances registered, not even 20 were solved.

Pathetic condition

V. Dasarada Ramaiah, a parent, said conditions in some of the hostels were pathetic and many students were down with fever and jaundice. “The idea of setting up the call centre is good. But, the officials should take steps to solve the grievances of the students,” he said.

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