Resisting change: Even a new roadmap fails to generate betterment in school education
Srinagar: The much hyped new road map devised for the J&K state’s school education department has miserably failed to bring a change in the ailing education sector of the state. The new roadmap for school education department was devised by the union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD in 2017 to revamp the education sector in the state.
However, the poor implementation of the roadmap has failed to overhaul the education sector as is evident from the ground situation depicted in the latest finding in a national report- Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018.
The roadmap was devised to improve the learning outcomes in the government schools up to middle level, but the findings in ASER 2018 have deflated the government claims and exposed the real situation in schools.
The ASER report states that more than 61 percent schools accommodate students of 2nd primary with students of other classes while as 52 percent schools accommodate students of class 4th with students of other classes in the same schools.
“The schools are facing accommodation crunch despite government of India spending crores of rupees for the construction of school buildings in order to provide adequate accommodation to students,” the report says.
Already reported more than 50 percent school children in government schools don’t have desks in their classrooms and take classes while sitting on floor.
In the roadmap, the education department was supposed to streamline the pupil teacher ratio in government schools, but the ASER finding has depicted a grim picture wherein it has exposed how schools are carrying forward with disproportionate pupil teacher ratio (PTR).
The ASER findings reveal that around 57 percent schools in J&K state don’t comply with classroom teacher ratio (PTR).
The report has also exposed the much hyped initiative of ICT laboratory and CAL centres being provided to schools in the state. It states that more than 80 percent government schools in J&K state are without computer facilities for the students.
The report has also posed a question mark on the utilisation of annual grants released for schools under centrally sponsored schemes. The grant is utilised for maintenance of library in schools for the students.
As per the ASER findings, only 58 percent government schools have library books available for the students, and out of which only 26 percent schools use these books on daily basis.
The report has also depicted a grim picture of the government schools in respect of the availability of drinking water and toilet facility for the students.
Besides, the report has stated that the schools are without boundary walls and playground as well. The report was released on January 15 this year.