Aishal­ton Se­condary School stu­dents at se­vere dis­ad­van­tage due to fur­ni­ture short­age

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Re­ports

em­a­nat­ing out of Aishal­ton Se­condary School in Deep South Rupu­nuni, Re­gion Nine, re­vealed that the se­condary school is suf­fer­ing from a se­vere fur­ni­ture short­age.

Dur­ing a PTA meet­ing held on Novem­ber 21, the Head­mas­ter

In­formed par­ents that on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions the is­sue was raised with Cen­tral Govern­ment and re­gional of­fi­cials, but no at­tempt has been made to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion.

Nu­mer­ous req­ui­si­tions were sent to the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Re­gional Demo­cratic Coun­cil also, but to no avail.

The mat­ter seems to be kept in per­pet­ual abeyance by of­fi­cials, de­spite the ur­gency of the need for chil­dren to be com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­dated in school to per­form at their op­ti­mum ca­pac­ity.

In light of the fore­go­ing, the Head­mas­ter was forced to seekt the sup­port of par­ents for the sup­ply of req­ui­site fur­ni­ture for their child/chil­dren at­tend­ing the in­sti­tu­tion.

A re­cent study on In­dige­nous women and chil­dren 2017 by UNICEF high­lighted the de­fi­cien­cies in the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren in the hin­ter­land, which are ex­ac­er­bated by:

(1) Lack of qual­i­fied teach­ers and re­sources, such as text books and teach­ing/ learn­ing aids and other rel­e­vant ma­te­ri­als.

(2) Poor in­fra­struc­ture at schools, among oth­ers.

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