TURA, November 13: Education in Meghalaya seems to be heading downhill as days pass. News about schools being neglected of their necessities seems to be a common topic of discussion. A section of the Nengkhra Government LP School, falling within the constituency of the now Education minister, Deborah Marak , which has over 200 students does not have a roof over it and incase of rain, students get a day off. Nengkhra lies on the NH 62, about 14 kms from the town of Williamnagar, the district headquarter.
The Nengkhra SSA School is another school where children have to sit on the cold floor because of the absence of benches and tables, not to mention, a blackboard.
When asked, 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 kind of 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 of East Garo Hills (East Garo Hills) however could not be contacted on the matter till the time of writing of this report.