by Saloni Bisht,
“School is a place that provides education and education is the key to life.” And such places are consisted to be temples of learning in India, but are they still considered so? No, they don’t! When we compare a private school with a public school, there is a huge gap exists. The government schools are struggling badly on infrastructure front and have failed to provide even the basic amenities to the students. Not only infrastructure wise but there is a need to improve the quality of teaching and other necessary facilities required in today’s time. According to the latest Annual Status of Education Report, learning outcomes are terrible in Indian government schools.
In spite of public schools spend more per student in almost every state except Bihar, here is a 20 percentage point difference between the proportion of pupils in private and public schools who have attained primary learning outcomes in reading and mathematics. This proves that higher spending is not always corresponding with better learning outcomes. To enhance learning outcomes, there is a need to introduce more accountability in the public schools.
Talking about the infrastructural issues, the public educational institutes in the country are dingy and have fallen into a state of disrepair. According to the District Information System for Education (DISE) data 2015, out of 10, only 6 schools in the country have access to electricity. Bihar is leading in the category, as only 10% of the schools have access to electricity.
In the case of availability of toilets, there is a slight relief as the figures are not that scary. About 91 percent of schools have girls’ toilet, and 86 percent have boys’, shows the DISE data. Almost all the states have toilets in 80 percent of the schools. However, these data do not guarantee the operational condition of these available toilets.
When it comes to classroom-student ratio, it goes above the average and varies from42 in some states to 78 and 69 in Bihar and Jharkhand respectively. The worse condition is in the secondary schools in Bihar with about 97 students per class. With this strength, it is impossible for a class to secure the quality education of its students.
Among all the lacking and disappointments, there are a few cases where progress have taken place to change the condition. In Delhi, the negligence broke, and government schools did the much-needed developments in infrastructure, amenities and teaching methods. Manish Sisodia, the education minister, said about the 2017-18 budget “The allocation of 24%, and is the highest among all states. Around Rs. 11,300 crore expenditure has been proposed for the education sector.
Initiatives like this act as a ray of hope. The Indian government is undoubtedly making efforts to deliver essential facilities but is it enough? There is still a long way to go and to start with the fundamental staff shortage issues is needed to be fixed, learning outcomes needs to be improved along with other problems.