Monday, April 22, 2013

Only 15% UP schools meet pupil-teacher ratio: Survey

Only 15% UP schools meet pupil-teacher ratio: Survey

TNN Apr 3, 2013, 05.02AM IST
LUCKNOW: Contrary to the Central government's figures on the status of Right To Education (RTE) implementation, the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) findings published by an NGO, Pratham, show that only 15.6% schools in Uttar Pradesh have the pupil-teacher ratio in compliance with the RTE norms. The data given by HRD ministry puts this figure at 38.57%.
While the government has been silent on "out of school" children, the ASER findings state that the drop out rate is maximum in UP, with 6.4% children having no access to schools. In 2012, 81.3% of all schools visited had drinking water which is above the all India average of 73%. Nearly 52.5% schools were found having useable toilets while about 83% of schools visited had separate provision for girls' toilets. The mid-day meal was being served in 85.6% schools. Besides, the appointment process of 72,825 teachers is stuck after the alleged Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) scam. Training of teachers is far from reality.

Experts say though RTE has boosted enrolment in schools, but the learning outcomes are still very low. "The focus is on infrastructure issues like building, enrolment, teacher-student ratio, mid-day meals but focus on education, a child's ability to read, write and learn is not visible,'' said a primary school teacher. tnn
Survey on RTE
On the completion of three years of RTE Act, Voice of People, an organisation working on RTE conducted a survey on 255 schools (215 primary and 37 upper primary) in 40 blocks covering 18 districts.
Key findings are:
1. Only 68% schools have separate classrooms for each teacher. 4% schools have single classroom.
2. 9% upper primary schools have proper furniture.
3. 50% schools do not have useable toilets. 9% schools have no toilet facility.
4. No drinking water facility in 13% schools.
5. 38% schools have no boundary or fencing, 9% schools have damaged boundary walls.
6. 42% schools have no play ground, 64% lack staff rooms.
7. Merely 8% schools have separate room for library.
8. Only 40% have first aid kit.
9. Pupil-teacher ratio was 1:46 in primary schools and 1:59 in upper primary schools. The ideal ratio is 1:30 and 1:35 for primary and upper primary respectively.
10: There are only 68% and 89% permanent teachers in primary schools and upper primary schools respectively.

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