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More skeletons tumble out of Garo Hills education sector

Tura, September 7: If you thought the recent cases in Jalwagre Songgital and Balkal Asim were one-off cases, disappointment is ahead as skeletons continue to tumble from the education closet in Garo Hills.

A resident of Sarbha Marak, following a social media call to highlight the poor educational infrastructure, has provided details of two schools under the same C&RD block, which currently resemble pigsties rather than educational institutions.

According to local sources, the schools of Thekmanpara, which has about 35 students and another Tekpara with 95 students, where children can study without a roof. Water pouring through the leaking thatched roof in the classroom has become a common sight for the students and teachers, with even the benches drenched in rain along with the children just to get an education.

“That has been the case since last year. The school authorities had informed the education department in West Garo Hills (WGH) of the situation, but despite their appeals, nothing came of it.

The condition of Tekpara school is even longer as it has been 4 years since the school faced deteriorating infrastructure. Several attempts by the school authorities have failed and the school and its residents remain in the same dire condition. Despite this, children and teachers have regularly attended to show their eagerness for education.

These two schools are the tip of an ever-expanding iceberg in the education sector in Garo Hills.

“These children and teachers show that they understand the value of education. But the state and school authorities have really let them down. In no other state in the country is education so neglected as in our state,” Sarbha added.

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Meanwhile, activist Maxbirth G Momin questioned the government about its pledge to prioritize education.

“If this is how education is prioritized, the education survey that shows our state at the lower end of the spectrum can’t be wrong. Everyone is responsible for this, the education department, especially the inspectors, have to account for how things are going in Garo Hills. They are also responsible for Garo Hills’ poor performance in the various state exams. How embarrassing are these scenes,” said Maxbirth.

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