It was in November 2011 that schools were set up in the Gangetic char islands of West Bengal’s Malda after the intervention of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).
Two years on, the number of students in the five schools has almost doubled and the NCPCR has urged the State government to upgrade the primary schools to high and higher secondary schools.
“The number of students in the five schools has increased to 950. It is necessary for the State government to upgrade these institutions as the children in higher classes need to continue their education,” Vinod Kumar Tikoo, a member of the NCPCR told The Hindu over the telephone from New Delhi on Sunday.
Mr. Tikoo, who visited one of the schools set up in Duani char in the Manikchak block of the district on October 28, found that the infrastructure of the schools was still abysmal.
“There are 129 students in the school and a single teacher. Moreover, the building that housed the school has been washed away in the floods and the classes are going on in makeshift tents,” Mr. Tikoo said. “We have directed the State government that at least two more teachers should be appointed in the school and the new school building for which work has started should be completed at the earliest,” he said.