|May 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm #5343|
Villages in Pernem have opposed the move by the government to close government primary schools in the taluka. Sources said that 14 primary schools in Pernem taluka are going to be amalgamated with nearby schools because of lack of student enrolment. Sources added that a minimum of 20 students are required to run the school.
Panch member Uday Mandrekar from Tuem village panchayat Pernem has approached the high court of Bombay at Goa opposing the amalgamation of low enrolment government primary schools.
Fourteen schools in Pernem taluka face the axe as it is not feasible for the government to run them.
Mandrekar said that the government has not taken into local bodies such as panchayats and parent teacher association (PTA) into confidence over the decision. He added that the government allows private managements to run primary schools, and also provides Balrath schemes to management schools but that facility is not available to government primary schools which is why enrolments are low.
The issue has been discussed at PTA and panchayats meetings where resolutions have been passed opposing the closure of schools and their amalgamation with neighbouring schools.
The gram sabha of the Virnoda village panchayat had passed a resolution opposing the closure of the government primary school at Malpem. Residents of Chandel in Pernem had also opposed the move.
Locals said that an amalgamation of schools will not be feasible as it would be difficult for students to travel. Parents have urged the government to drop their proposed plans.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Pernem locals oppose amalgamation of primary schools“