Wednesday, February 12, 2014

70% schools do not have ideal pupil-teacher ratio

70% schools do not have ideal pupil-teacher ratio

GUWAHATI: Nearly 70 per cent schools in the state do not have a satisfactory pupil teacher ratio (PTR) as prescribed in the Right to Education Act, revealed the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) for Assam. The analysis is based on data from government schools in 21 districts of the state.

The report said that in 2013, only 31.3 per cent state schools had the desired PTR as prescribed in the RTE Act. This statistic has gone down from 35.2 per cent in 2012, according to the ASER.

According to the RTE act, the PTR should be 30:1 and 35:1 for lower primary and upper primary schools respectively.

The report also revealed that drinking water is available only in 65.6 per cent schools in the state. Proper toilet facilities were found in only 60.9 per cent of the schools. Of this, 43 per cent of the schools have separate provision of toilets for girl students.

Significantly, library facilities have improved in state schools. While in 2010, 79.2 per cent schools didn't have library facilities, in 2013, the statistic had fallen to 59.4 per cent, the ASER said.

National school data says the percentage of schools without libraries has declined from 37.4 per cent in 2010 to 22.9 in 2013.

The ASER-2013 said that 68.1 per cent of state schools were serving midday meals on the day of visit by the survey team in 2013.

Across India, the percentage of children aged between 15 and 16 years who were out of schools was found to be 16.8 in 2013. The same statistic was 19.8 percent in the case of Assam in 2013.

Interestingly, the survey found that at the national level, the number of children admitted to private schools has slightly gone up. In recent years, children undertaking private tuitions has also shown increase.

The report said that nationally, the percentage of children going to private schools has gone up to 29 per cent in 2013 from 18.7 percent in 2006. The same rate for Assam in 2013 stood at 17.1 per cent.

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