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Fewer schools, growth of infra gets setback

Parents Corner   Write Comment 22nd November, 2012

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Fewer schools, growth of infra gets setbackNEW DELHI: There is not much to cheer about in the classroom, going by the statistics released by Delhi government on Tuesday. Despite the increase in the number of students, enrolment at the primary level (Class I) continued to decline in the 2010-11 academic session as against 2009-10. This is the second consecutive annual decline, along with a fall in the number of primary schools. In fact, student enrolment in Class II also declined in the last academic session, dropping from 3,52,128 to 3,45,335.The figures in Delhi Statistical Handbook 2012 fail to show any improvement in the building of educational infrastructure. There are only five additions to the total number of middle schools in the state while the number of pre-primary schools remains stuck at 50. Another downside is the decline in the number of students in professional institutions.While the Capital implemented Right to Free and Compulsory Education in 2010, the number of primary school continued to decline for the second consecutive year, slipping to 2,563 from 2,586 in 2009-10. The changes in the number of middle schools also remain insignificant as compared to the increase in the number of students since just five new schools were added to the 2009-10 total of 583. The drop is significant if compared to the 2008-09 data as there were 659 middle schools then.The president of All India Parents Association, Ashok Agarwal, said that due to the increase in private schools, the government is systematically closing down its own schools. "In fact, in the past three years, the government has closed down around a hundred schools in some cases to build swimming pools and parking spaces. Some schools have been merged as well. As far as the decline in enrolment is concerned, it speaks a lot about the quality of infrastructure and teaching in the government and MCD-run schools as parents are preferring private schools. Unfortunately, this is having an adverse impact on the lower economic strata as students from this segment are struggling to get admission in primary schools," Agarwal said.The period also saw a worrying slowdown in the spread of literacy. In fact, literacy growth was the slowest in the past four decades with the city recording a literacy level of 86.34% in 2011 as against 81.67% ten years ago. This increase of 4.67 percentage points is the lowest decadal growth even lower than the 4.93 percentage points recorded between 1971 and 1981 in the past 40 years.While there has been no increase in the number of educational institutions, the enrolment of girls has shot up significantly in the higher educational institutions, up from 93,635 in 2009-10 to 1,27,371 in 2010-11. Enrolment of boys, however, declined by 13,561 in the same period. The overall enrolment also improved. But the number of students in technical education dropped to 22,185 from 23,748 in 2010-11.Information gathered from Internet from Click Here