Lessons from Passara

Lessons from Passara

The study, carried out in 2009, found that plantation schools and education office in the Passara division were operating under great difficulties. While achievements by the government, especially in regard to teacher training and textbook distribution, are acknowledged, the study found many irregularities: Circulars and employment contracts were frequently not available in Tamil; officials records indicated overstaffing of teachers at schools, but few teachers were found to be teaching at the schools; communication between principals, teachers and parents appeared to be minimal; discrimination was widespread and there was a lack of capacity to manage school finances and to involve parents and teachers in school management. A comprehensive set of recommendations has been developed in conjunction with teachers, principals and local organizations.