Jharkhand Primary Schools Merger

Primary schools: Merger muddle

Print edition : July 19, 2019

Phoolmati from Tengrapathar village in Latehar district. She stopped going to school when her school was “merged”. Photo: ABINASH DASH CHOUDHURY

Bigni Kumari, Phoolmati’s grandmother. They belong to the Parhaiya community, recognised as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group. Photo: ABINASH DASH CHOUDHURY

This photograph of what used to be a school in the recent past carries the untold tales of children of vulnerable communities who have been thrown out of the school education system by the merger move. Photo: ABINASH DASH CHOUDHURY

Sumit (right) from Nimitanr village with his siblings. After his old school closed down, he often skips school because the trek to his new school at Sangadhwa proves too arduous. Photo: ABINASH DASH CHOUDHURY

The mergers of small primary schools with low enrolment rates with bigger ones may have saved money for the Jharkhand government, but it has wreaked havoc on the lives of children in remote areas who find it difficult to commute to their new schools.
    This article is closed for comments.
    Please Email the Editor