The government has been making several efforts to ensure quality and regularity in midday meal (MDM) scheme and education system through Gyan Setu programme. The education department had been running Gyan Setu program to award medals to the schools based on their academic performance.
However, class eight students in remote villages of West Singhbhum were being taught from the class 1 syllabus to win medal for school. Teachers had been completing the basic course of lower grades to get medal for the school under Gyan Setu programme.
Under this programme, the education department will provide gold, silver and bronze medals to the schools and teachers by judging the quality of the education. They had divided the classes into different groups called Nirman, Pragati, Sugam, Subodh and Lakshya.
However, as quoted by HT in one of it’s reports, Pader Laguri, a senior teacher at Utkramit Madhya Vidyalay (upgraded middle school) Bundu village under Manoharpur block, said that all 71 students of the school were being taught the basic course of class one syllabus. Schools would get medal under Gyan Setu programme, if all the students of the school turned out to be excellent in class one syllabus, he added.
Situation is same in the neighbouring Agowan primary school, where only two teachers had been conducting classes in two rooms, for the students of class one to five. Due to the lack of teachers as well as classrooms, the existing teachers had been conducting classes just to win the medal for the school, sources said.
Deputy commissioner of West Singhbhum Arava Rajkamal said that action would be taken against teachers if they are doing wrong in the name of practising Gyan Setu.