BY TC News Desk
Agartala, 5th January 2024: The Rajnagar Higher Secondary School in Dharmanagar is struggling to provide quality education to its students due to a severe shortage of teachers, despite having a new two-storied building inaugurated by the state Education Minister and Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha four months ago. The school is one of the many schools in the state that are facing this problem, as the state government’s efforts to improve the new education system have not been matched by adequate recruitment of teachers.
The school has 347 students from class VI to class XI, including 22 students in the newly started class XI. However, the school has only two teachers for class XI, one for English and one for Bengali, while the rest of the subjects, such as Political Science, History and Pedagogy, are taught by teachers who are not qualified in those subjects. The situation is even worse at the primary level, where there are only two teachers for 125 students from class I to class V. As a result, the students often have to sit idle or chat without a class teacher, while the teachers have to manage two classes at a time.
The headmaster of the school, Dilip Debbarma, said that he is trying his best to provide minimum education to the students with the limited resources, but he admitted that the quality of education is compromised. He said that the school needs more teachers to cater to the needs of the students and to make use of the new building and facilities. He said that the school has 14 teachers and one head teacher at the secondary level, but it needs at least 10 more teachers to cover the primary and higher secondary levels.
The parents and students of the area have appealed to the Education Minister and the Chief Minister to address the issue of teacher shortage and to improve the infrastructure of the school by providing more teachers. They said that they have high hopes from the Chief Minister, who had visited the school and inaugurated the new building, and they expect him to bring good teachers to their village and provide them with real education. They said that they do not want to spend money in the city to get education, when they have a good school in their locality.