In the remote village of Kothe Budh Singh in Punjab’s Bathinda district, the local government primary school holds only one student and one dedicated teacher namely Sarabjit Kaur.
Remote Punjab Village School Faces Closure
Despite the school’s modern amenities and educational resources, the majority of village children go for private schooling.
“I visited many houses in the village and talked to the parents to convince them to send their children to study in a government school. All the facilities are available in this government primary smart school. There is no shortage but still, the villagers consider it better to send their children to private schools,” said Sarabjit Kaur.
However, the only student is in fifth grade who is preparing for upcoming examinations. “Following the guidelines of the government, this school can be closed and shifted to some other place later. The government is spending a lot of money to educate a child. Since it is a primary school, this child will study in this school only for about 1 month,” said a Bathinda Education Department official.
“There will be no students in the school after a month, leaving no point in opening the school. A complete report will be prepared and sent to the government by the Education Department, Bathinda soon,” the official added further.