School With No Teachers – School at Tuggalwala

To sir with love
A girls' college in Punjab where there are
no teachers and where the students pay
no tuition fees and are taught to abhor
cheating in exams 

Yesterday on Dateline Punjab they had a story of a school that had no teachers! At first I couldn’t bellieve it but they had a good 15 minutes coverage on it and explained how it all worked. Later I googled it up and found the link. Here it is for all of you. A unique school by all means!

Hats off to them for pulling off something like this.

September 16, 2006 · Ajit · 7 Comments
Posted in: Education, India

7 Responses

  1. atlantean - September 16, 2006

    Can you believe it! When I went to write an exam to a government school, the classroom resembled one of those caves in which you find palaeolithic cave paintings – no corner or inch of the walls was free from something or the other scribbled on them!

    Btw, it is surprising to see this in Punjab. I thought it was socioeconomically more ahead than the rest of India. I mean, this is not Bihar or Chattisgarh is it!

  2. politeindian - September 17, 2006

    Did the classroom have blackboard? Or the walls were used for that purpose 🙂

    BTW, this sorry state of affairs is there in almost all government schools. I read somewhere that the government spends about 12,000 crores on education and about 90% of that goes towards the salaries of the teachers. Now on a meagre 10% it is very difficult to maintain school facilities. Whatever 10% is expected to be spent on it is pocketed by the corrupt officials. There is a lot of fat that needs to be cut from the government schools.

    As for this particular kind of school it is just not possible in Bihar or Chattisgarh. Or even UP for that matter where repealing laws against cheating are election issues and people support repealing laws that punish students caught cheating. Doing something Tuggalwala needs higher moral values, a rarity these days.

  3. Sandeep Shilawat - September 18, 2006

    Impressive ! (even if 50% true)

  4. Apun Ka Desh - September 23, 2006

    Shhh… guys pls keep quiet; if our Sleepy Education and HRD Ministries hear about it, they will immediately send some teachers there, who will go on a dharna – that their DA should be increased or some such thing, and the school will be closed….


  5. Polite Indian - September 27, 2006

    Apun Ka Desh,

    Nice one!
    BTW, I read your blog. You have got nice posts there!

  6. Does Not Matter - September 29, 2006

    It’s quite easy to blame the system, perticularly, in education field. I agree that there is some problem in providing fundamentalist education to children. But, the measures still on from the higher level, but due to complexicity of the democracy and INDIAN situation not allowed to give visible solution but it will visible after some decades.

    If, i have children, than i prefer to send them in such schools (which u blaming), instead of sending them into any Big School ( as they claiming better education), but from where the concept of ‘National Education” can be solved. Why INDIAN freedom fighters seeking “dominance to regional and cultural heritage” into the primary education.

    They have some reasons, its lot have to discuss, firstly, be a part of system and learn its complexicity. Than it will easy to understand all things…

  7. Polite Indian - September 29, 2006

    Does Not Matter:

    I don’t understand what or who you are referring to?

    I am not opposed to such schools. In fact I mentioned the following in my post

    Hats off to them for pulling off something like this.

    Please clarify what you meant.

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