Weeks after an international newspaper praised the educational model of the AAP-led Delhi government, the highest children’s rights agency, NCPCR, has pointed to gaps such as a large number of director vacancies, the student-teacher ratio and dropout rates.
Titled “Clean Toilets, Inspired Teachers: How India’s Capital Is Fixing Its Schools,” the New York Times praised the Delhi government’s education system, calling it a lifeline for millions of families seeking to break the cycle of poverty.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has released a report on its observations regarding government schools in Delhi.
In Learning Outcomes, the NCPCR said Delhi ranks below the national average. For the out-of-school children, the NCPCR said the transition rate from primary to upper primary (i.e. grades 5th to 6th) was 99.86 percent and for primary to secondary (grades 8th to 9th) was 96.77 percent in 2015 -16.
“However, the transition rate for both levels decreased in subsequent years. Although later in the year 2018-19 the percentage increased, but is still lower than the transition rate in 2015-16,” it said.
“That means that not all children who complete primary education go on to upper primary education. For example, in 2016-17, 39,9916 students enrolled in class 5 in Delhi schools, next year in 2017-18, enrollment in class 6 was 37 , 0803, which means nearly 30,000 students did not move on to the next class. Furthermore, the enrollment in class 7 in 2018-19 was 36,9484, meaning more children dropped out of school or repeated the class,” the NCPCR said.
As for the student-teacher ratio, the NCPCR said Delhi has the second highest student-teacher ratio (PTR) (1:33) in primary education, after Bihar.
“At the elementary level, the ratio (1:31) is the highest of all states/UTs. The PTR shows that there are enough teachers to teach the children enrolled at different levels of education,” according to the NCPCR.
According to the norms and standards given under the ‘Schedule’ of the RTE Act, 2009, the PTR for lower grades should be 1:30 and for upper grades 1:35.
High PTR indicates a higher number of students per teacher, implying that teachers focus less on students, resulting in a decrease in the quality of education.
On the appointment of principals, it said, a team of NCPCR officials led by chairman, NCPCR, visited government schools in Delhi and moreover, in addition to highlighting discrepancies regarding the infrastructure and other aspects of the functioning of the schools, that director/headmaster posts are vacant in schools.
In addition, according to data available on the UDISE+ Dashboard for 2020-21, there are a total of 1027 schools under the Ministry of Education, of which only 203 schools have a principal/acting principal/principal (nine schools have a principal, three schools have a principal). acting director and 191 schools have First Name).
The 2009 RTE law outlining the norms and standards for schools, for grades 6th to 8th, where the admission of children is over a hundred, stated that there will be a full-time head teacher in the school,” it said.
The NCPCR also pointed to the alleged flawed mechanism followed for the Delhi government’s Desh Ke Mentor program.
A complaint has been received in the NCPCR regarding the Desh Ke Mentor program introduced by the Government of Delhi, alleging that it is scheduled to bring children and unknown people together for education and career counseling.
“This could expose children to likely safety and security risks. Following the issue and examining the mentor selection process, it was suggested that concerns regarding child safety be addressed before this program was introduced,” the statement said. NCPCR.
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