Better Education at Government Schools
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Empowering India - Improving Education System in India
Dear Prime Minister
I’d like to express my gratitude for giving all of us a hope for a better nation and a chance to work collectively towards it.
As we all know that as a country we are sitting at the brink of a stupendous opportunity today as India has more than 50% of its population below the age of 25 and more than 65% below the age of 35 making it the youngest nation to provide so much workforce in every field for next decade or so that will change the face of businesses across the world. With this India is also projected to be the world's most populous country by 2022. Though it equips us with huge potential but also poses a threat if we fail to provide our young and aspiring individuals direction and opportunity
Although India is amongst the fastest growing economies in the world, India also has the largest number of illiterates by far -close to 40%. Sixty years after independence, possibly the greatest challenge India faces now is the failure to educate its children, notably the poor.
The education system in the country is largely lop-sided with only 27% of Indian children are privately educated. This leaves the main chunk of responsibility largely on the government sector However, because of the poor quality of public education it is doing very poorly. The quality of infrastructure and education overall needed much to be desired. Specifically talking about government owned schools, I found some disturbing data- it was sadly not unexpected.
On Government school infrastructure:
According to a recent survey conducted in 780 Government Schools across 13 Indian States key facilities (including toilets/ drinking water) were mostly found missing or in a poor condition. The survey further shows that while the RTE (Right to education) act called for sufficient infrastructure, less than 5% schools have all the 9 facilities mentioned in the act. Over 30% schools had no toilets (many girls quote this has a big reason for dropping out of school), over 60% had no playgrounds (it’s no wonder that we struggle with health and fitness both.
Quality of Education: (Quality Schools – Quality Education)
Another survey from 2007 in rural India (across 16,000 villages) showed that while class enrolments were high, the quality of education, rather what children were learning was very limited. Most of the students could not read, write or do basic maths. I’ve found several State School faculties struggling with basic level of education themselves
A Plausible Solution
When we wanted work with govt. schools on awareness campaigns and other programmes as Non Profit and other agencies we realised that the key hurdle however is often bureaucratic that these schools often need circulars from govt. authorities for allowing programmes to be conducted with them.
My Recommendation is to pass a mandate for all Government employees – Ministries, IAS Officers, Governors of states, Cabinet, Judiciary, Civil, Joint Secretaries, Gazetted Officers, Municipal Corporation and all possible authorities must get their children study at government schools. Not only it will improve the level of education in schools but will also get every approval in relation to education at any level without any delay - further improving it.
I,e An MCD run school won’t run without drinking water or toilet if it has MCD commissioner’s child in it.
Sir – It will surely counter these measures if not more
- Poor infrastructure
- Lack of accountability in govt school staff.
- Misuse of Govt. resources
- Poor Hygiene
- Lack of extra /Co-curricular activities
- Lack of discipline and gentle behaviour
I hope this letter reaches you and you take some time out, for a possible execution of this idea.
Also, I do not intend to present a grim image but to inspire everyone to see the potential we have. We can make a difference, we can have a big impact- we’re on our way to change an entire nation. It often begins with understanding the problems.
I wish you my best for all your endeavours and to make our country proud of you
A Fellow Indian with similar vision
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