Mobile school project fails to provide education to Himachal Tribals

August 6th, 2010 - 3:02 pm ICT by ANI  

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By Hemant Chauhan

Shimla, Aug 6 (ANI): A mobile school project initiated by the Himachal
Pradesh Government to provide education to tribals has failed to take off due to
lack of trained teaching staff.

Tribals spend six months of winter in the plains and the remaining six
months in the mountains.

“All our children are illiterate. We are also illiterate. Even our
forefathers did not receive any education. No teacher is provided to us for
education. All our life has been spent like that. All our children are
uneducated. Neither the government provided us with any education facility nor
any teacher came here to teach us,” said Kasim, a tribal nomad.

The launch of the mobile schools, a few years ago, had raised hopes for
tribals to get an education for their children. But, according to them, there
are no such schools operating now.

“Nobody comes here to teach us. We stay in the forests here. No teacher
comes here to teach us. The government officials say that we have sent many
teachers to educate us but no teacher has come till now,” said Irshad, another
tribal nomad.

State Education Minister I. D. Dhiman said mobile schools have been closed
temporarily, as there is a need to introduce trained teachers as per the Right
to Education Act.

“We considered rethinking this issue because, as per the Right to Education
Bill, we can only use trained teachers for teaching. So, the people included
for teaching under the Education Guarantee Scheme were almost untrained. They
may have been graduates and a few may be post-graduates as well but they were
not trained. So now it’s difficult to use them under the new Right to Education
Bill,” said Dhiman.

There were over 330 mobile schools introduced under the EGS (Education
Guarantee Scheme) for over nomadic 6,000 children of the state, but most of
them have been closed.

These mobile schools were introduced to educate and bring tribals into the
mainstream. (ANI)

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