72 govt schools finally get phone connections


At the start of the academic year, headmasters of government high schools had complained of being denied grants for telephone connections, which are made available to government aided schools. The state government has finally decided to resolve the grievance and has granted approval to 72 government high schools to avail of telephone connections and has made budgetary provisions for it.
The headmasters had listed it as one of the many cases of neglect of government schools by the state at a meeting called by senior education officials to assess reasons for poor performance by state-run schools at the Class X public exams.
"Administrative approval and expenditure sanction of the government is conveyed for 72 new landline telephone connections in government high schools and call charges per telephone connection at 500 per month," the circular issued this week states.
At a meeting held in July this year, the headmasters were asked to give suggestions by senior education officials to improve the poor pass percentage at Class X recorded by several government high schools, bringing down Goa's overall pass percentage down by close to 10%.
The miffed headmasters pointed out that facilities like advance for petty expenditure and telephone connections were not made available to government high schools, which makes day-to-day administration difficult.
They came on record to state that the directorate of education provides non-salary grants to privately-run government aided schools for telephone connections, a facility not extended to government schools.
State education officials had assured the headmasters that infrastructural support to government schools would be provided at least on par with that available to aided schools.
Following the meeting in July, the state also covered all government schools under the free bus service scheme Bal Rath as headmasters had also complained that the transport facility was being made available to aided schools on a priority basis. [TOI]