TURA, Nov 13: Two schools, within the same village in Nengkhra in East Garo Hills (EGH) district, have been setting a different kind of benchmark to show the pathetic nature of education within the Garo Hills region.
The Nengkhra Government LP School, which has over 200 students in attendance, has a section of the school without a roof with children getting a day off in case of rains despite the area falling within the constituency of the now Education minister, Deborah Marak. The Nengkhra SSA School is another story with children having to sit on the cold floor as the school does not have benches or even tables, forget a blackboard.
The floor of the Nengkhra LP School is also in duress and is also a polling station. The school has been lying in a tattered state for over 3 years now.
Villagers whose children study in the school let out their frustration over the inaction of authorities despite repeated complaints made to the education authorities as well as the local MLA.
“We have petitioned her thrice regarding the state of the school but nothing has been done to ensure the leaks were repaired and roof of two of the structures changed. Our children get an unofficial holiday if there are rains as there are holes on the tin roof. We don’t know who to approach on the matter as everything we have tried has failed so far to evince any response,” said one the parents.
Another parent, whose son studies in the nearby SSA school also let out his anger at the matter and being sidelined.
“Are our children supposed to study on the floor? Or does the education department not have enough money to even provide benches for our poor children. We are daily wage earners and one of our greatest hopes is that our children will get quality education to ensure they are able to change their lives. We don’t see how this is going to happen with the current state of neglect,” said the villager.
The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of EGH however could not be contacted on the matter till the time of writing of this report.
Nengkhra lies on the NH 62, about 14 kms from the town of Williamnagar, the district headquarter.