Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Classroom congestion, a problem in many schools

May 27: With school enrollment increasing, classroom congestion is posing a problem in many schools. The Peljorling Middle Secondary School in Sipsu in Samtse is one such school facing acute classroom shortage.

Situated in Sipsu, some 50 kilometers from the Samtse town, Peljorling Middle Secondary School is the only middle secondary school in the geog. The school has 28 classrooms only but has close to 1,700 students studying from preprimary to class 10.

Tashi Dawa the school principal said on average every classroom has 46 to 56 students depending on the size of the classroom. He said students who pass out from lower secondary schools in the nearby areas have to be absorbed in the school adding to the congestion. To address this problem, the school started shift system for preprimary to class 3.

Damcho, a teacher, said because of shift system the number of periods had to be reduced from seven to five. He said because of this, it may not be possible for teachers to complete the syllabus thereby compromising the quality of education.

However two more buildings are being constructed.

The principal said the cabinet decision to reopen schools which had to be closed due to anti-national problems will also help ease the pressure.

The school was established in 1953 has around 1700 students and 46 teachers.

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