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Alumni offer support to Jharkhand residential school battling faculty shortage – Times of India


Netarhat Vidyalaya in Jharkhand has been famously achieving laurels at class X and XII boards since its inception in 1954. Despite being a prominent residential boys school, it has lately been struggling with a shortage of subject teachers.

The school has a sanctioned strength of 47 teachers, of which, only 27 subject teachers are teaching. The school is addressing the shortage of staff with the help of school alumni. Netarhat Old Boys Association (NOBA), says SK Singh, principal, Netarhat Vidyalaya that has come to our rescue.

“I voiced my concern about the shortage of subject teachers in the school on NOBA on the WhatsApp group and we were flooded with a positive response from our old students spread across the globe. The pass out students are taking virtual classes with great enthusiasm,” says Singh. Presently under Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), effective 2021, the school has got accreditation by CBSE.

“We aim to have glorious results even under CBSE, and support from old students is helping. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has revolutionised the teaching-learning method. The technological advancement has brought us closer to each other which prompted me to utilise the facility to help current students,” says Lt. Col. (Retd.) Bajrang Bihari Singh, a former student who got admission in the school in 1961.

Former student Priya Ranjan, an IIT Kharagpur graduate who is currently working with the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, SRM University, Andhra Pradesh, takes Mathematics lessons. He charted a schedule ever since he learnt about the crisis in August.

“Despite being busy, I have been taking two classes daily for class X and XII on Google Meet,” says Ranjan who passed out from the school in 1991.

The alumni are taking classes for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Humanities. In some cases, the wives of former students have taken up the responsibility to take classes through various digital tools.

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