Monday, February 17, 2014

Enrolments, number of govt schools decreasing in state: Report

Enrolments, number of govt schools decreasing in state: Report

JAIPUR: The Right to Education Act report prepared by the department of school education and literacy, ministry of human resources development recently projected Rajasthan in poor light at least in some parameters. The report was prepared to ascertain the difference the RTE-2009 had on government schools.

The report indicates that the state has moved backward in terms of providing toilet facility to girls and drinking water in government schools. Besides, enrollments in state schools have reduced as the number of government schools have also declined.

The figure says that separate toilets for girls have reduced from 89% in 2009-10 to 79% in 2012-13, though it is better than the national average of 69%. Even schools providing drinking water in the state are on the downslide from 96% schools in 2009-10 to 95% in 2012-13.

The non-availability of toilets and water are the main reasons behind the drop-out among girls. The proportion of school girls in 11-14 age groups jumped from 11.2% in 2012 to 12.1% in 2013 but the figures were almost half compared to the all-India figure of 6% dropout in 2012 and 5.5% in 2013.

It raised questions despite the government special schemes and polices to ensure rise in enrollment of girl students. Even the progress in Right to Education parameters which includes infrastructure development has failed to improve the situation of girl students.

Another startling fact which can be an eye-opener for state is the number of elementary schools in Rajasthan reduced from 81,832 in 2009-2010 to 78,901 in 2012-13. That means closure of 2901 schools in last three years is very well replaced by the private schools which has substantially increased the enrollments and number of private schools here.

Ironically, Gujarat which boost of its development plank is far behind in number of government schools with 34,523 government elementary schools against the 78,901 in Rajasthan.

The silver lining for the state is that 98% of the teachers are qualified against the national average of 81%. Delhi has 99% of qualified teachers while Gujarat has 97% qualified teachers.

Delhi is among the few places which has recorded 100% schools with toilet facilities for women. Gujarat which claimed to have most progressive state has 76% of the schools with the same facility.

"The performance of Rajasthan is near satisfactory and improving. Several government projects introduced off late is showing results. However, the decline in number of schools is quite alarming and state needs to focus on it," said KB Kothari, managing trustee, Pratham.

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