Surat. Nagar Prathmik Shikshan Samithi (NPSS) has opened seven English medium schools in Surat however, lack of qualified teachers has posed question mark on the basic concept of educating students in English. NPSS says appointment of teachers will be made soon.
NPSS started English medium school three years back in Surat and currently it operates one school in all seven municipal zones of the city. Currently, 659 children are enrolled in these seven schools however; education imparted to them is totally different. None of the schools have full-time teacher, who has completed education in English medium.
Currently, NPSS has assigned task of teaching students in these schools to teachers posted in other schools. These teachers mostly taught English as a subject and now they have to teach entire curriculum in English.
“This is seriously affecting quality of education in these schools and NPSS is least concerned about this. We have asked NPSS to recruit teachers on urgent basis, but all our pleas have gone on deaf ears. We have complained about situation even to Gujarat Governor, but it has failed to yield result,” said Raees Sheikh, leader of opposition at NPSS.
In past, parents even submitted memorandum to NPSS office bearers on the issue. In 2014, one of the English medium schools was locked by parents, to protest against vacant posts in teaching section. However, nothing changed, added Sheikh.
NPSS says attempts are being made to change the situation. State government has initiated recruitment drive for teachers. NPSS will get 10 teachers for its English medium schools in next few weeks.
“State government has initiated recruitment drive and NPSS will get 10 teachers most probably by July 2015 end. Currently, we required 22 teachers for seven English medium schools. State government will again begin recruitment drive in August 2015 and we hope to get 12 teachers before January 2015,” said Hitesh Makhecha, administrator of NPSS.
English medium schools operated by NPSS
School no. 166 at Jahangirabad
School no. 211 at Udhna
School no. 160 at City Light Road
School no. 185 at Ved Road
School no. 20 at Nanpura
School no. 227 at Limbayat
School no. 176 at Vastadevdi road