Monitoring of Schools

Monitoring of Schools by the community and people’s representatives: During the visits to the Chenchu habitations, BDS staff observed that most of the Government Primary Schools (GPS) remain closed as the teachers are absent. The Chenchu Community including the leaders is silent or ignorant on this aspect. Informal discussions were held with the parents in the habitations and the parents were persuaded to force the teachers to attend the schools regularly. On several occasions BDS staff also requested the teachers to attend the classes regularly. Due to lack of adequate monitoring of the schools by the ITDA staff, the education in GP Schools is totally neglected.

BDS staff and the Community leaders observed the conditions in the Ashram Patashalas and verified attendance registers and enquired from the children about facilities that are being provided to them. It was noticed that several Residential Schools remain closed for months together and the Head Masters of these and other residential schools are marking fake attendance and drawing money towards provisions for all the enrolled students in connivance with the   ITDA Officials. The issue was brought to the notice of the Project Officer ITDA on several occasions, but nothing changed and on the other hand a sharp adverse reaction from School Teachers and ITDA Staff has resulted.

  

 Mr. Bhumani Veeranna, a Chenchu leader interacting with children in a residential school at Bheemanayani Cheruvu in Prakasham dist.

BDS appraised Smt. (Dr) K. Rajya Lakshmi MLC about the poor attendance in the residential schools in ITDA Srisailam area and requested her to take the issue to the notice of Chief Minister. Accordingly she visited a few residential schools in 4 districts and submitted a report to the Chief Minister, Minister for Tribal welfare, Secretary Tribal Welfare Department and a few Members of Legislative Council. She has also raised the issue in the legislative council on two occasions.

 Dr. K. Rajya Lakshmi MLC, Secretary BDS and a few other Chenchu leaders have met H.E the Governor of Andhra Pradesh and apprised him on the adverse situation prevailing in Chenchu habitations. The Hindu has carried an article under the title Schools aplenty, but no students on Jan 10-2008. http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/Schools-aplenty-but-no-students/article15140795.ece

 

Dr. K. Rajya Lakshmi MLC& former Vice Chancellor Padmavathy Mahila University talking to the three girls (strength more than 100)present during her informed visit to BMC Residential School in Prakasham dist.

 Response of the system: Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission (APHRC) issued a notice to Officials concerned in response to media coverage. Officials from the Education Department have visited a few Residential Schools and upon the recommendation of these Officials a few Head Masters, Teachers and workers were suspended. District Collector and Magistrate Prakasham, Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) Markapur and Tehsildar Dornala have visited a few residential schools and warned the Head Masters for the poor attendance and educational standards of Chenchu children. H.E the Governor of A.P summoned the Principal Secretary Tribal Welfare Department GOAP and sought explanation on the irregularities perpetuated by the Project Officer (PO) ITDA Srisailam and instructed to take appropriate action against the P.O ITDA Srisailam. PO ITDA Srisailam is transferred and an IAS Officer has been posted as PO ITDA Srisailam.    

Mr. M M. Naik, PO ITDA Srisailam has concentrated on Education, which was ignored for the past 25 years by his predecessors. He has visited several residential schools at odd hours without prior intimation and observed that only few children were present and attendance is marked to all the children enrolled in the classes. P O ITDA has warned Head Masters (HMs) and even suspended some of the HMs, Teachers &Staff who were absent despite his warnings.   Teachers who have never shown interest in their duties in the past 25 years, have started Coming to  schools by staying in the staff quarters/ in the nearest villages.  Attendance of the children is increased in all the Residential Schools as a result of mobilization of children by the staff. 

Repairs to the school buildings have been carried out and some of the Contractors were also forced to carry out repairs till the Engineering specifications are maintained. Toilets & bath rooms have been constructed in all the residential schools. Food is being served as per the menu. Tooth brush & paste is given to all the children of the residential schools for the first time. School uniforms, boxes and coconut oil are also given to them.