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‘Quality of education going down in state’

‘Quality of education going down in state’

TNN Sep 24, 2012, 02.17AM IST

AJMER: The quality of education in the state is on the decline. Many reasons like barring school teachers from failing any student up to class VIII, shortage of teachers in elementary schools can be attributed to the poor quality of education in government middle schools. The state government had started the Sambalan Abhiyan which is aiding in finding out the causes of the ever-declining quality of education.
For the first time, teams of administrative officials went to government schools for three days and tried to evaluate the standard of education, especially in classes III, V and VIII. "The programme is aimed at assessing the level of knowledge of students in these classes," said Mahaveer Singh Rathore, an official of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

The districts are now compiling reports to be sent to Jaipur headquarters to get accurate feedback on field inspection conducted by officials, "The reports will decide the government's plan of action for schools in 2013-14," added Rathore.
In Ajmer district, about 239 schools including 65 primary and 174 middle level schools were inspected by officials during three days. "What was found lacking was the right number of teachers in these schools , thus, leading to compromise in the quality of education," said an official. Certain schools tried to create a good impression during the inspection by showing that their class V students spoke English, "They were found good at speaking and writing in English, even infrastructure in the school was updated," said Manju Dadich, education officer. A teacher of Bhilwara district said, "Now students know that they cannot be failed so they don't care to study." The teachers are compelled to pass students who did not write a single word in the answersheet. tnn

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