The Government Girls Secondary School located in Lukhi village, Rewari, Haryana has only one student and one staff member. The village which is close to the technology hub Gurugram, has been home to several families of freedom fighters.
One school, One teacher, One student
Kusum Kumari is the only student in the school. Kumari doesn’t mind being the only student but says that “the one thing I miss is friends.” Daya Kishan is the only teacher on campus and earns a salary of Rs 70,000 per month reported the TOI. Besides teaching, he also sweeps the school when needed.
Kishan said, “I am a social studies teacher but I teach all subjects to my student. Even though mathematics is not my strong suit, I teach her whatever I can.”
Chandra Harsh Yadav, the Sarpanch of the Lukhi village said, “I have written to the Block Development Officer but there has been no action so far. If teachers are there, we will get the students’ strength increased,” NDTV reported.
Yadav further said that parents are reluctant to send their children to the school as there are no teachers. “I request government to help arrange teachers soonest so that we can get children enrolled for studies,” the Sarpanch added.
The teacher and the girl sit outside on the porch as the three-room school building is used for storage. The Government Primary School is located half a kilometre away. It has 21 students in it. Kusum’s mother distributes mid-day meal to both the secondary and primary school students.
In 2014-15, there were just 12 girls in the school. This number doubled in 2016-17, yet there is just one girl attending school currently.
On this Suresh Goria, district education officer, Rewari said that the education department is well aware of the circumstances. However, he pointed out, “We cannot deny admission to this girl if she seeks to study in the school. So, what can we do?”
Kishan revealed, “Every year, the education department spends Rs 8.5 lakh on a school. The situation here does not look good. This child should be sent to another school.”
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Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.TV