Tingina, Jharkhand: Nabh Primary School was started in December, 2012. Currently, the school has 80 students and 4 teachers. Classes are conducted out of a room in the headmaster’s house as there is no school building. The children do not receive a mid-day meal. Facilities promised by the government are not available, and the teachers are working without any salary. There are no provisions for books or uniforms for the children.
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It is not unusual for schools in rural India to be without adequate infrastructure, access to water and nutritional food or a proper student teacher ratio. All these have been found in more than half of government schools across India. However, Nabh Primary school is different as the teachers strive to provide the children the best they are able to. “Initially we had only around 9 students who didn’t even have proper uniforms. We provided them that out of our own pockets and also bought books and stationery for them,” says Suchar Mandhi, a teacher at the school. Adds Asmita, another teacher at the school, “I have been working here since 2011 but haven’t got a single penny as salary. I haven’t been provided a single thing in this school since the day I have joined.”
Not only does this highlight the lapses in the Right to Education Act which aims to provide free and compulsory education to children aged 6-14 years, but also the everyday struggles of people to access a decent education.
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