In primary and upper primary schools Madhya Pradesh has shown steep rise in the number of enrolments that were declined in the year 2013-14. About, 4.7 lakh students were declined during the academic year which was way higher than it was in 2012-13. Gwalior and Chambal regions have seen the drop to the highest with more than one lakh students denied enrollment in its schools.
The data was released by the UNICEF MP of U-DISE and their detailed analysis has shown the result. The report was prepared for the year 2013-14 and keeping the 1, 42,844 schools in the state of which 1, 14,444 (80%) are government ones.
According to UNICEF MP Chief Trevor Clark speaking over RTE Act, “Instead of an RTE kind of framework let us have a ‘right to learn’ kind of approach for kids.” According to an education specialist FA Jami, “While decline in enrolment is an issue, another major issue is that of shortage of teachers.” He pointed out that the state has almost 5,300 schools, of which 4,662 are government ones, doesn’t have a single teacher. Singrauli district has the highest number of ‘no teacher schools’ which is 357 while Gwalior had seven such schools. Apart from these there are many schools with just one teacher in the state. According to the data, there are 1,600 ‘single teacher schools’ in Rewa out of the total 17,984 schools. Neemuch, with the lowest of such numbers has 58 such single teacher schools. Of the 50 districts in the state, 19 have more than 100 schools where there are no teachers at all and 15 districts with more than 400 schools where there is only one teacher handling the schools.
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