In response to lesser number of board examinees and a negligible performance in the board examination, Tribal Welfare Department and the Assistant Commissioner , Tribal Welfare, Sheopur have decided to take effective measures for encouraging tribal students for pursuing higher education. Efforts will be made for enhancing their performance with the provision of special classes.
In a remote tribal block of Sheopur district Pooja Meena of Subkara High School was the only student to take the board examination this year, but amidst all the rare privileges of getting taught by five teachers she failed to clear the examination. This is a story of a tribal school where a student receives attention of five teachers, that too in a state which has a record of having most single-teacher schools in India. Nobody from the school has ever cracked the board exams and so did Pooja.
Subkara High School is in Karahal block which is inhibited by the primate Saharia tribe and possess the highest teacher strength in the entire state. But to add to the shock this school has the worst possible academic record in the state. According to official data there are 17,970 schools in Madhya Pradesh which are getting manned by single teachers. This is highest in the country followed by Uttar Pradesh (16831 such schools) and Andhra Pradesh (15321 schools).
In the Subkara High school, two students Pooja Meena and Hemraj Adivasi took admission in the session 2013-14. While, Hemraj dropped in between Pooja appeared for the board examination and as the record of the school, she failed to clear two subjects in the examination and failed. For the past three years, no student has become able to clear the exam.
The school is managed under tribal welfare department and the Assistant Commissioner, Tribal Welfare, Sheopur, RAS Parihar said, “Students from primitive tribes are poor in academics. But we are trying to change the scenario. We plan to hold special classes for tribal students to improve the performance this year.”
The District Education Officer, Hariom Chaturvedi said, “These schools are managed by tribal welfare department, but we are taking measures to improve performance. We are planning to set up mobile teams of teachers to visit schools.”