As one of the oldest schools, Khongbal Tangkhul Junior High School in the Kangpokpi district which was separated from the Senapati district, established in 1949 has been facing infrastructure and manpower shortage for long, village authority drew attention of the government.
The school got government recognition in 1953. The school building is in bad shape have poor infrastructures. It has at present only seven teachers against the required 13 teachers as par the government school guidelines. However, the village community has been helping the school run by adding four local teachers and a watchman since the past four years. The additional staffs are paid a salary of Rs. 4,000 per month, borne by the village authority.
It is very unfortunate that we still don’t get any positive response despite of several requests to the local MLA and the director of school education, said Victor R, village chairman.
The present infrastructure of the school was developed by financing more than Rs. 70,000 by the village authority. The school kitchen was also constructed with Rs. 40,000 collected from the villagers. The state authority broke its promise reimburse its cost, added Victor.
The government has been silent even when the school construction was damaged by the January last year earthquake.
The school is located at Khongbal Tangkhul/Hongmahn village neighbouring Uyumpok Mamang Leikai, about 25 kilometers away from Imphal . Students of different communities including Muslims, Nagas, Meieteis, Kukis and Nepali are enrolled in the school. At present it has144 students.
The villagers appeal the government to fill the resource and infrastructure gap in the nearest future.