Friday, January 24, 2014

RTE, states’ efforts push up school attendance

RTE, states’ efforts push up school attendance

Akshaya Mukul, TNN Jan 7, 2014, 04.57AM IST

(In the overall analysis…)
NEW DELHI: The attendance of students and teachers, the two important touchstones on which the health of school education is mapped, has shown remarkable improvement in the six years between 2006-07 to 2012-13. Ministry sources ascribe the positive change to the Right to Education Act ( RTE) and state governments according priority to school education.
The latest figures from the HRD ministry show that in school attendance, Bihar has made remarkable progress both at primary and upper primary level. The average attendance at primary level in 2006-07 was 42.2%, which went up to 63.6% in 2012-13. Similar change could be noticed at the upper primary level - from 36.8% in 2006-07 to 59.7% in 2012-13.
Jammu & Kashmir that witnesses regular disruption showed substantial improvement from 78.5% in 2006-07 to 84.8% in 2012-13 at the primary level. At the upper primary level, attendance went up from 77.5% to 85.5% during the same period. Uttarakhand is the only state where attendance went down- both at primary and upper primary levels -from 80% in 2006-07 to 76.5% in 2012-13 at primary level and marginal decrease from 83.2% to 81.3% at the upper primary level.
In the overall analysis, nationally the attendance at primary level went up to 76.2% from 68.5% in 2006-07. Improvement at the upper primary stage was marginal - from 75.7% in 2006-07 to 77.8%.
Between 2006-07 to 2012-13, nationally the teacher attendance though improved to 84.3% from 81.7% at the primary level and 81.3% from 80.5% at the upper primary level, many states have shown downward trend. In Assam though attendance at the upper primary level went up substantially, at the primary level it came down to 77% from 79.2% in 2006-07.
In Haryana there was a marked decline of teachers coming to school at the upper primary schools, 85% from 91.9% in 2006-07. In Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, teacher attendance declined at both primary and upper primary level. HRD sources say decline in teacher attendance could be on account of their deployment by state governments for non-teaching jobs like election duty or census work.

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