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Tribals students block highway demanding teachers in gov schools

Udaipur : Demanding appointments of teachers, locals and students of government schools in the tribal dominant Kherwara tehsil of the district held a massive protest and agitated at the bus stand for hours on monday. The protestors blocked the national highway no. 8 for more than half and hour holding placards which read, “We want Teachers”, “One teacher for one class” etc. The students cleared the roads only when the authorities assured them of appointing teachers within seven days.

The students had gathered under the banner of Jagruk Yuva Sangathan, an NGO which have been working for the cause of education in the area for some time. Since years, schools in the block are running under pathetic condition, with insufficient class room, no proper eminities,and most importantly teachers which are basic necessity for any institution to function properly, said D.S Paliwal, an activist. The primary and upper primary schools are facing acute shortage of teaching faculties.Of the 302 primary schools here, there are only 490 teachers available which means on an average each school has just one teacher, Paliwal said. According to the government norms, each class should have a teacher.

There is urgent requirement of 1300 teachers for the 32000 students reading in the primary schools of the tribal dominant area said Pravin Ahari, another activist. The students were supported by the teachers association too, which said that it was practically impossible for any teacher to handle students of all five standards in a school. Apart from the teaching, the teachers are also laden with additional responsibilities of ensuring midday meal and management work. The protestors also condemned the police for having lodged cases against some students who were demonstrating peacefully in support of their demands.

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