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Madhya Pradesh: Over 67,000 schools functioning without electricity

November 22, 2019

There are about 67,902 schools in Madhya Pradesh which are lacking in basic amenities such as electricity and water. Anoop Singh, a teacher at a primary school in Sarotipura says, “There is no arrangement for electricity or water. There is only one room for standard 1st to 5th, it is very difficult here. We attach boards to different sides of the wall in the single room that we have and make them study. We had got assurances but no help has come from the administration.”

According to official stats, 855 schools are forced to function without electricity and other basic amenities in the state capital of Bhopal while in Chhindwara district, there are 2,620 schools functioning similarly. All this is happening amidst the state government planning to implement the education system followed in South Korea, owing to which close to 130 officials visited South Korea to understand the methods.

Education minister, Prabhuram Choudhary, who himself has been a part of the delegation which visited South Korea, said that the Kamal Nath government was committed to solving the problems of the education sector in the state. Choudhary told, “The Madhya Pradesh government had made allocations for the electrification of some of the primary schools in the state. It is saddening that work for the betterment of the education sector was not done in the state by the governments before us, but we are now trying to bridge the gap.”

He further added, “It will take time to improve the situation across the state because our government got the education sector handed over to us in very bad shape. We are working in this direction.”

BJP MLA Vishwas Sarang, on the other hand, targeted the Kamal Nath government over the condition of the schools in the state.

“Our government did exceptional work in helping the education sector but this government is only interested in electrifying the bungalows of the ministers. All these visits to South Korea are because the leaders of the present government are businessmen,” Sarang said.

“They have not yet understood the model of Madhya Pradesh and the country and they want to implement the model of South Korea here. The mid-day meal schemes too are not running smoothly, dress, books to the school children are not being provided and the drop-out rate has risen sharply,” he added.

Source: ANI

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