Monday, May 6, 2013

Govt schools in Bangalore trump pvt ones in state: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Govt schools in Bangalore trump pvt ones in state: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013, 14:13 IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
Study says govt schools outperform private schools on various counts
Total number of schools in the state is 60,036.
Those who thought private schools are far superior to government schools, a government study has just proved them wrong.
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan—the Centre’s flagship programme that aims at providing primary education to all the children—released a comparative study about government schools and private schools in the state. The study illustrates that in Karnataka, government schools are a far better option than private schools. Be it infrastructure or student-teacher ratio, government schools outperformed private ones.
About 2.7% of all the private schools in the state do not have adequate sanitary facilities. In contrast, about .41% government schools don’t have enough toilets. About 0.4% private schools and 0.08% government schools do not have drinking water facility. About a third of all the private schools in the state do not have their own building. In contrast, only 0.45% government schools are not operating from their own building.
SSA’s data for academic year 2012-13 is based on the report collected through District Information System for Education. An SSA official who was part of the exercise said government schools often draw flak over their so-called poor standards, but people spare that hypercritical evaluation when it comes to private schools. The official said in some districts like Coorg and Udupi, government schools are far superior to private schools. He said that in these places, the demand for government schools is more than there is for private schools. He said it is tough to get into a government school in Udupi.

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