The Raphei Katamnao Long (RKL) team led by its President, made a surprise visit to Jessami block headquarters under Chingai Assembly Constituency in Manipur on Wednesday to check the status and development of the schools available there.
As per the first hand information, Jawahar Navodaya Vidalaya (JNV) Jessami was established in the year 2013 at temporary location with a makeshift infrastructure. The permanent location was already alloted by the Jessami village but so far no development is foreseable. “The maximum capacity in a classroom is for 80 students but right now only half of the students are accommodating due to insufficient rooms and poor infrastructure,” said KC Alex Pamei, Principal, JNV Jessami.
“It is a big drawback to loss half of the students just because of the negligence of the government.Therefore we want it to expedite the infrastructure development at the earliest,” said Somipam Vashum, President, RKL.
RKL team also inspected the Class VI entrance examination which was disturbed due to COVID-19 pandemic. According to their findings, only few students appeared in one of the centers. Out of 164 seats, only 44 students turned up to write their exam.
While visiting the only Higher Secondary School in Jessami and Chingai blocks, the building was found to be in deplorable state and need renovation. Due to the shortage of rooms, library room and Science laboratory room are used as classrooms. The only good thing was that, there were enough lecturers for the Higher Secondary School but it was only for name sake as sadly only 4 teachers were there for the primary and high school students.
“Many teachers were posted here but without even reporting here, they will be retransfer to other schools. Such things make it difficult to run the school properly,” said Ringkahao Ringui, Principal, Jessami Higher Secondary School.
Somipam has urged all the teachers and supporting staff of the government schools posted there to performed their assigned job with dedication.
“RKL, being the student body, has no option but to file a case and fight for equal, unbiased and fair treatment to the people of the hills in regard to education, especially to the border areas when the current pandemic subsides.
Such shortage of teachers and poor infrastructure are not only prevalent here in Jessami, but almost all the schools in the hills are facing the same problems,” concludes Somipam Vashum.
Phungchamnao Ranreiphi Kharei