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Study report reveals the dismal state of education in government schools of Rajasthan
Earlier this year, a report was brought out jointly by NGOs Child Relief and You (CRY) and the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, which analysed the situation of school education in 10 states of the country including Rajasthan to reveal the poor condition of school education in the government sector.

Regarding Rajasthan, the report reveals that 33 per cent of government schools in the state fall short of the student-pupil ratio prescribed by the Right to Education Act of 2009.

The report further states that over 20 per cent of children in Rajasthan continue to be out-of-school. Even in such a situation, the Rajasthan government has started merging and shutting down a large number of schools declaring them unviable.

Another report by Pratham reveals that about one-third of government school children in Class III in Rajasthan cannot read textbooks of lower class and are unable to recognise numbers between 11 and 99 when pointed out at random. This reflects the poor quality of education in government schools and children rejecting and dropping out of schools.

Some of the reasons about the high dropout rate leading to large number children out of schools are as follows:

  • Poor quality of classroom processes and bad pedagogy

  • Lack of proper academic support to teachers by cluster and block resource centres

  • Poor psycho-social environment in schools

  • Improper and weak implementation and monitoring of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)

  • Lack of teacher professionalism and accountability

  • No improvement in classroom processes despite training of teachers, which continues to be ineffective, dull and drab

  • Schools are not accountable to the community and School Development and Management Committees.

To me it appears that all the government efforts are in vain because the policies framed are not being implemented and monitored properly. Many feel that the World Bank loans and educational cess money is being misused for mere patchwork and not being utilised for the proper education of government school children.

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