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Expecting to enjoy good dreams is not bad but transforming the dreams into real life is indeed a very tough job. And that has happened with Simultala Awasiya Vidyalay (SAV), a school established by Bihar government in pattern of Netarhat school model !
After bifurcation and subsequently shifting of Netarhat school in Jharkhand’s territory, SAV was the brainchild mainly of Nitish Kumar who wanted to developed it as role model school in Bihar.
Established in the Maoists home turf, Simultala in Jamui once know as ‘mini Shimla’ of Bihar due to heavy flows of changers from outside states, literary left in mess mainly due to lack of proper attention. Two recent incidents are enough to expose government’s seriousness on it.
State government recently suspended two section officers of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) and a deputy secretary was served show-cause notice for setting wrong questions and model answers for class VI, VII and IX entrance examination at SAV last month.
It to be mentioned here that there were three wrong questions out 150 for class VI, two wrong questions for class VII and one wrong question for class IX entrance test.
In second instance of gross negligence towards this school, just seven students from this school this time somehow managed to cross the low cut off in the preliminary examination for entrance to IITs.
It clearly indicates that the school has literary drifted away from its basic goal.
The school created a record in class 10 board exams in 2015, 19 students of the school had secured more than 96%. That was a record since the inception of the Bihar board in 1952 when 70 students had secured between 90% to 96%.
Contrary to that, this time only two students from this school scored 177 and 170 out of 360, compared to JEE (Mains) Bihar topper’s score of 310. This time the national topper created record while scoring 360/360.
With further showing poor decline tendency, only four students from SAV able to cross the 100-mark and just seven reaching the cut-off of 81 for general category. None from the school could secure fellowship under the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY).
School’s staffs however have many things to narrate owing to such gradually deterioration. “They ( read the policy makers) could claim mambo-jumbo but the ground zero reality is something else,” told a senior member of the school on condition of anonymity.
According to him the school doesn’t has regular teachers for important faculties like biology and chemistry. Even after seven years of its establishment, it still has to face the lacuna in basic facilities. Maximum teachers in this school are not regular teachers, either they visit the school as guest teachers or appointed as ad hoc teachers.
The school yet not even has its own building or proper laboratories. Most shockingly, there is huge difference in syllabus of CBSE and Bihar board, the staffs disclosed.
“We are not concentrating properly on students because of our own problems- mainly due to uncertainly in our services. In other coaching institutes, the faculty members have the privilege to teach freely resulting better performance by the students there,” a teacher at SAV pointed out.
“ Average students somehow manage here but the meritorious students here are the worst victims here,” another teacher at SAV commented. According to school sources, the school this time yet not start its new session while others schools in the state already started their sessions from March-April.
Most of the school staffs blamed the government for lacking it’s interests on the school. “The chief minister is serious but due to the rotten system, this school ultimately became victim,” is the general opinion here.
State education department’s sources from Patna however claimed that the government has been thinking seriously and soon an action plan would be set for making this school as an ideal school in Bihar.
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