I got a call from a mother of my sound student lately. I taught these students with each and every time I could. I always wanted to teach them to be good skillful city sons so to serve the country. How ever that mother asked a help from me. She wanted me to talk to the principal to get the childs’ school leaving certificate. I am going to discuss some thing in details. So if some body is interested in reading some thing happy can go out. Coz this is bitter by its nature.
In rural arias there are not more than 150 students. Even it is a Maha vidyala or Kanishtha Vidyala. Most of the time people try to get the admission to their students for a National schools.of course I too agree with them. Every one wants their child to be sound one. But What about the future of his or her first school? Are they succeed with their life all the time? Have parents done any study on how the two type of schools working? Major difference is utilities. I am not going to describe these things further coz there are enough people who believe that each and every school must be treated equally.
My point is this. As teachers of rural school we teach students hardly than urban schools. Coz poverty has hit the place and we have thousand and one issues regarding day to day activities. But after we succeed the children gets pass from the grade five scholarship examinations. Then the passed ones leave the place for national schools and the rest are here who scored less. Then the national schools accepts even the students scored 80 up. We rural school then work with the rest students doing After school classes, tons of extra reading, extra activities etc. After they are done with GCE OL the passed students want to leave the school for national school. Even the AL classes are here in same school and the child learnt there more than 11 years.
My question is, are the mad principals of National schools consider, are these children come from schools where AL classes are available? Or are they try to cover up their nakedness showing number of students of the particular National school? In my school AL arts subjects taught and teachers are available. But the next door National school does not consider it and allows students to leave the Maha Vidyalaya and attend to National school. One of my fellow teacher told me ‘ewwa jathika pasal nam Api awajathaka pasal da Aruna”( if those are national(sinhala term equal to legitimate) are we “awajathka schools(Sinhala term for illegitimate).
Policy makers must be conscious about these issues. Even university students too must be acknowledged issues of this kind. Coz the rural schools are subjected to close for ever because of this kind if issues. I don’t think any National school will bare the responsibility of closing down rural schools. Finally I would like to say there must be a proper way to allow students to grant school leaving certificate. That is he or she passes OL with particular school and there are AL classes according to his or her chosen subjects he or she must do her ALs in that particular school. Principals must be given instructions Not to give school leaving certificates for this kind of Students.
But each and every one keeps shut. Rural schools will be closing for ever day by day. As a teacher I will be given another school. But, what for the innocent villagers? They don’t have any alternative than keeping children at home.