Here's how poll bound Punjab performs in primary education

Majority of schools had leaking roofs, broken doors and windows and damped walls

GN Bureau | October 6, 2016


#Punjab   #Right to Education   #RTE   #New Education Policy   #Education  
Picture for representational purpose only
Picture for representational purpose only

Punjab, set for the assembly polls in 2017, presents a dismal picture of elementary education in its rural belt. A NITI Aayog sponsored study conducted by Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development Studies highlights the following points:

 

  • Majority of rural schools were found without proper furniture for students. Only 6.96 percent schools had benches and 68.74 percent had desks for  their  children.

 

  • Many schools were without toilets, well-equipped, libraries, kitchen for mid-day meals, playgrounds.

 

  • 15.82 percent schools had only two class rooms for running classes up to class 5.

 

  • Apparently, these  schools manage with conducting combined classes or teach in open spaces even in extreme weather conditions.

 

  • 83.32 percent school buildings were quite old and were in dilapidated conditions and needed immediate repairs and renovations.

 

  • Even the newly built schools were found in bad shape due to lack of annual maintenance funds/grants.

 

  • Majority of schools had leaking roofs, broken doors and windows and damped walls.

 

  • Some schools were found to be managed by a single teacher.

 

  • Some schools did not have funds for purchasing benches, blackboards, chairs, desks etc. and to pay even electricity bills. There is no annual maintenance grant for buildings.

 

  • Some of the schools did not want to run mid-day meal scheme due to non-availability/delay of funds, lack of utensils, non-availability/shortage of food grains, lack of cooking utensils, lack of drums, bins etc.

 

  • Only 2.95 percent and 2.79 percent schools had Science and Computer labs, respectively.

 

  • Academic performance was also shocking. Average marks obtained by students up to class 5 (primary level) was merely 31 percent. Nearly one-fourth of the students were not able to open up their score/ accounts, that is, got zero marks.

 

  • In upper primary classes (classes 6 to 8), none of the students  got A, B or C Grades in the surprise test just before the final examinations. About 97 percent students received less than 35 percent marks.


See full report here

Comments

 

Other News

SAIL to leverage domestic growth potential

Steel authority of India (SAIL) chairman PK Singh expressed confidence on improving the performance of the Maharatna PSU in the current fiscal because of a host of initiatives in almost every area of operations. During 45th annual general meeting of the company, Singh said the world steel as

TRIFED to scale up marketing of tribal products

Ministry of tribal affairs’ PSU— tribal cooperative marketing development federation of India limited (TRIFED) is contemplating to scale up marketing of tribal products through increase at its retail outlets throughout the country. TRIFED plans to scale up the retail marketing ac

Facebook and post-truth

It is not very often that Facebook advertises in newspapers. Last time it did was a year ago when it was promoting `free basics`— a limited internet service provided for free to subscribers of partnering telecom service providers. The internet platform’s reach is unparalleled vis-a-vis to tradi

IOCL pays VAT of Rs 2,935 cr to Odisha

In the resolution of the issue of VAT deferment for Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOCL) Paradip refinery in Odisha, IOCL has made VAT payment of Rs 2,935 crore to Odisha government. The refinery had commenced commercial operations in November 2015. The recent meeting between Odisha Chief M

Muddy makeover of the Taj

Patch by patch, the lucent dome of the Taj Mahal is being plastered with a mixture of Fuller’s earth. It’s a treatment other parts of the monument of love – minarets, walls and pathways – have received over the years. These mud packs, of two millimetre thickness, are believed to tak

NALCO aims at making country country self-reliant in strategic minerals

In its bid to make the country self-reliant in the areas of 12 strategic minerals that are either not available in India or not available adequately, National Aluminium Company (NALCO), HCL and Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL), the CPSEs of ministry of mines have inked an agreement.



Video

PM Modi in varanasi

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter