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'Govt schools violate RTE norms, lack infrastructure'

New Delhi, Sep 30, 2013, DHNS:

Unavailability of infrastructure such as fans, desks and teaching aids, lack of proper toilets, non-availability of safe drinking water, no libraries and lack of other basic facilities to provide education.


Such is the sorry state of affairs in 131 government-run school across the capital, revealed a survey by child rights group CRY on Monday.


According to Child Rights and You (CRY), it has been over four years since the Right to Education Act was enacted, but its provisions are still being violated by government institutions in Delhi.

The CRY study conducted in six districts of Delhi claimed to have found many infrastructural gaps. As per the act, there should be 40 students in a single classroom, but 80-120 children are made to sit in a single classroom, the report says.
The ideal student teacher ratio is 40:1, but it is maintained neither in corporation nor government schools because there have been no new appointments by the city government since the inception of the act.

In case teachers have been appointed, they were only on contract.

The report says outdoor game facilities were not available in 28 per cent schools.
In west Delhi, 80 per cent schools did not have adequate facilities whereas in east and north-east half of the sample schools did not have them.

Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights member M M Vidyarthi said, “Schools in Delhi have a peculiar situation. Structural and administrative problems have been plaguing government schools in the city.”

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, RTE expert, Ritu Narang, said, “We are about to launch a website where students can file their grievances and also check the status of what action has been taken by the authorities.”

According to the survey, 20 per cent schools did not have legal connection of Delhi Jal Board, and computer education was absent in 40 per cent schools.

In east district, 83 per cent and in west 80 per cent schools did not have library.
Over 67 per cent study schools reported to be running on a shift system. In 61 per cent schools, students were asked to give some documentary proof of age during admission. School management committees do not exist in 28 per cent schools.

The conditions of toilets were found to be bad, and unhygienic conditions in government schools is one of the major factors for dropout, says the report.

Twenty-three per cent schools did not have water in toilets. Due to such conditions, children suffer from various diseases that results in them leaving schools. The rest 66 per cent schools lack hygienic conditions.


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