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Primary education: Govt promises action, civil society shocked

Primary education: Govt promises action, civil society shocked

TNN Jan 19, 2014, 10.23AM IST

BHOPAL: A day after an NGO, Pratham, highlighted the dismal status of school education in the state, wherein the state was behind laggards like Bihar and Jharkhand, academicians and members of the civil society expressed its disappointment over the state of affairs. Those part of state government asserted they would do everything to set house in order.
Quality of education imparted in schools to come under vigil
Bhopal: In a bid to improve quality of school education in Madhya Pradesh, the state government will soon appoint area education officers across the state to ensure quality education.
Admitting infrastructure-related issues, minister of state for school education Deepak Joshi said, "We are one of the biggest states in terms of geographical area. We have varying topography like largest forest cover, a huge tribal population thus there are challenges too. Yet, it is true that we lack infrastructure."
"But we are committed to ensuring quality education for the children. For the purpose, we have devised several strategies," Joshi told TOI.
Firstly, till date there was no dedicated mechanism for ensuring quality education in our schools. Now we are going to appoint area education officer, who will monitor at least 50 schools and keep vigil and work dedicatedly to ensure quality education in schools, Joshi said.
Besides, we are also going to introduce an online platform for knowledge sharing of teachers. For example, a teacher feels that his notes are better, he could share it with others of his fraternity, he added.
Thirdly, there is absence of co-ordination between officials of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and School Education Department, we are working to improve co-ordination and ensure that they work under a common platform, he said, adding, "besides these we are also going to bring about more transparency, especially related to promotions of teachers so that they do not have to worry about their job prospects all the time and could concentrate more on teaching."
"With all these and other measures, we hope about bringing positive changes, in 2-3 years," Joshi told TOI.
Civil society, NGOs, academicians-reaction
Bhopal: Academicians and activists strongly feel something concrete should be done fast to improve state of school education in the state.
"Unless more funds are pumped, condition will not improve. What can be expected, if proper infrastructure is not provided in state schools," said Barkatullah University senior professor H S Yadav.
"Teachers are employed on contractual basis. But in a labour surplus economy, it is hard to improve quality unless the service is attractive," Yadav told TOI.
"Without offering quality education, but ensuring enrolment of students in schools is like distributing fake degrees," said Rolly Shivhare of Vikas Samvad.
"Students have been given right to education under RTE Act, but it is meaningless without quality education," She said.
Similarly, Javed Anish of Lok Sangharsh Sanjha Manch, an NGO working for quality education in the state schools, blamed dismal state for failure to follow provisions of RTE Act.
Talking to TOI, Javed said, "Basic provisions of RTE Act are not being adhered to. Like we have been demanding for many years that proper school monitoring committee should be constituted as per provisions of RTE."
"The act says active members from among parents should be elected democratically. But the common practice is officials appoint parents of talent students as its members," Javed told TOI.
Member of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR), Vibhanshu Joshi said, "It is a right step if any NGO or civil society group brings forth facts, education is a right of every student and all children should get it."
We have not received the reports so far. Once it is submitted to the commission, we will take appropriate action, Joshi said.

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