Almost all government primary schools in Goa have been left to function without a headmaster or a head teacher as a state policy over the years, as the government felt the funds would be better utilised elsewhere in the education sector.
Professional courses like MBA and engineering aren't the only ones burning holes in the pocket. An analysis shows that junior school education in the city too has become expensive, with fees in some schools more than doubling since 2012.
A Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) circular instructing schools to mandatorily display information about their features on their websites does not seem to have gone down well. Despite the deadline approaching, many schools have not uploaded any detail so far.
The board said that "as a step towards bringing transparency in facilities provided by the schools for information of the board, parents, students and other stakeholders, it has been decided to make the mandatory disclosure of information."
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has recommended that schools replace the word ‘homework’ with terms such as ‘practice work’ and ‘self work’. But this attempt to erase homework from the lexicon of our education system may not be a cosmetic change. Solving puzzles, writing letters, putting together household lists, cooking, reading newspapers and watching documentaries and natural history programmes: that is what the board wants upper primary students from Classes 6 to 8 to do after school.
Parents across many Indian cities have organised themselves to fight against private schools over unregulated fee hikes during the last three or four months.They have staged protests against schools in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kerala and recently, in Hyderabad. In many cities, the school fee issue has reached judicial corridors this year.
A total of 535 private schools in the national capital should refund extra fee they took from parents amounting to over Rs. 300 crore, a fee-hike panel has recommended. The committee headed by Justice Anil Dev Singh has identified 535 schools to be overcharging parents on the pretext of implementing recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission while not doing it.
Government High School Hajipora in South Kashmir’s Shopian district with zero student population has seven teachers. “Sometimes these teachers visit the school and leave at will. We fail to understand why so many teachers have been posted here when no student is studying here. There are so many schools that are understaffed and these teachers need to be posted in such schools,” locals of Hajipora Shopian told CNS.
This is the extraordinary story of three young girls and their never-say-die spirit, which has changed the education scenario in a small village near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. They faced apathy, taunts and humiliation in their battle against ignorance and deep conservatism. Thanks to their efforts, 90% of the children in their village attend school today.
From teachers who don’t teach, to concern being only about ‘enrollment rate’ and not about actual education, government schools are close to useless in Araria. And this is a problem that plagues all of the state. Despite the claim of high enrollment rates, Bihar lags behind severely when it comes to the percentage of children who complete their schooling.
These facts came to light in a reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by Rohtak-based social activist Subhash wherein he had sought details of toilets in government schools.As per the RTI reply, several government schools — especially senior secondary girls’ schools — in Sonepat, Hisar, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Mewat districts do not have the required number of toilets. In Fatehabad district, 400 girl students of Government Senior Secondary School, Nagpur, have to use one toilet as the two other toilets have been rendered useless due to lack of maintenance.
Despite several schemes to promote girl child education, the percentage of girls out of school (age 11-14) in Uttar Pradesh is 9.9%, the highest in the country. Even neighbouring state Bihar fares better at just 4.4%
The crisis in education is especially apparent in the four BIMARU states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (UP)–with 445.1 million of India’s 1.2 billion population and some of the lowest literacy rates in the country
Schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will now have to disclose key details including fees, infrastructure, safety measures and educational qualification of their teaching staff.
“About 37 per cent of the schools remain with thatched roofs or asbestos sheets and almost 77 per cent of the schools do not have laboratories or libraries. And, 25 per cent of the primary schools across the 15 districts have only single classrooms and 38 per cent of the schools do not have a provision for safe drinking water or toilets,”
The story of Mumbai’s Malvika Raj Joshi, who shown that “merit” has more weightage than “marks”, is about self-belief and a mother’s conviction to break stereotypes.Seventeen-year-old Malvika doesn’t have a Class 10 or 12 certificate but has made it to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), thanks to her computer programming talent.
More than eight lakh class 10 students of Bihar School Examination Board failed. Only 46% of the students passed the exams this year. This the state’s worst performance in nearly two decades . Patna fared worse than the state’s average. Only 10% students could secure first division marks.
Police records state that at least one student commits suicide, on an average every month, in the coaching hub of Kota in Rajasthan. A 16-18 hour study hour, a life away from home and the constant pressure of entrance test. These are some of the factors which have driven scores of students to suicide in the coaching centres here. Nearly 20 students committed suicide in Kota last year. The city has around 200 coaching institutes and the industry is estimated to be worth around `Rs 2,000 crore. Students from various parts of the country flock there to crack exams like the IIT-JEE, which has a ratio of around 12 lakh aspirants for 10,000 seats.
Of every 100 children who are enrolled in schools in India, only 72 are able to complete class VIII. There is more reason to worry, as just 48 of these children complete class X and barely 33 finish class XII at the right age.
Buying and selling of schools have become a major business in Bangalore of late. The officials of the Education Department are reportedly brokering most of the deals.Since 1994 the Government has not been giving permission for starting new English-medium primary schools. This is said to have triggered the school business, running into crores of rupees.
Jaisalmer: In yet another scam coming to light, many schools in Rajasthan were found to be running only on papers. These schools have been functioning on the basis of fake enrolments, with teachers drawing their salaries sitting at home.
In 1976 it was demolished by the Delhi Government for the construction of a building, and new land was promised. 40 years after its demolition, the Qaumi Senior Secondary school in Sadar Bazar continues to function out of classrooms made of tin.
The Urdu school number 6 of M East Ward in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, is the first municipal school in Mumbai to install a digital classroom thanks to the efforts of school teachers. “The classroom has become popular with the children. We are now working towards making the service available to students of all classes,”
In sharp contrast to tall claims of ministers and senior education officials, 73 of the 323 government schools of Manipur recorded zero pass percentage in this year's High School Leaving Certificate (Class X) examination.
Poonam Vanzara, 15, a nomadic girl from Dahod, and a resident of Vatva in Ahmedabad, has not even been to school. She along with 14.93 lakh children in the age group of 6-18 years from Gujarat have never attended school.
A majority of private schools across Tamil Nadu have started admissions to kindergarten, flouting state government orders to commence the same only in May. Such violations in admissions prevailed during the last two years as well, throwing light on the lackadaisical attitude of the school education department in monitoring the admission process.
The new SAT will soon arrive on a wave of bold promises. The College Board has said its redesigned admission test would contain “no more mysteries.” Instead of being a riddle to solve, it would correspond with high-school curriculums and better reflect what students have learned.