The NITI Aayog report on schooling has put emphasis on Uttarakhand’s forehead. Uttarakhand slipped from 10th position to 14th position in the report of the School Education Quality Index prepared in collaboration with the World Bank and Ministry of Human Resource Development. Uttarakhand has seen a decline in performance in Class V and Class VIII along with Class III.
The level of knowledge of students in language and mathematics subjects is not improving as expected. This report has also shown the government’s claims of quality of education. It is worrisome that according to the recommendation of the NITI Aayog, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry gave the budget on the basis of the said performance, then the hopes of Uttarakhand went shocking.
Single teacher school has increased
In this report prepared by considering the year 2015-16 as the base year and 2016-17 as the reference year, the education system of Uttarakhand has dived downwards instead of touching a new height. Uttarakhand ranks second after Karnataka among the poorly performing states.
Although the state government may claim to improve the teacher and student ratio and increase the number of teachers, the number of single teachers is much higher in the smaller state. It increased from 6.6 percent in 2015-16 to 8.2 percent in 2016-17. That is, the number of single-teacher schools has increased instead of decreasing in the state.
Backward in an electronic database
Uttarakhand also does not perform well in the case of the unique ID of teachers registered in an electronic database. However, it looks likely to increase. The number of such teachers was zero in the base year, so it rose to 29 percent in the reference year.
Poor performance in language and mathematics
The average performance of the state’s children in the language subject in class III is 72 percent and in mathematics 67 percent. Similarly, in class V it is 64 percent in language and 58 percent in mathematics. In class VIII, students have performed 59 percent in language and 40 percent in mathematics. Instead of improving, the subject knowledge level of students in language and mathematics is falling.
This situation is giving a frightening picture of education at the primary and upper primary levels in the state. Uttarakhand’s performance in computer-aided learning in the base year and reference year has been reduced to 14.4 percent, which means the state’s performance in computer use in studies is sluggish.
The reasons will be investigated
According to Education Secretary R Meenakshi Sundaram, the report prepared by NITI Aayog has revealed the poor performance of Uttarakhand. Its detailed report is being summoned from the department. The reasons for backwardness will be investigated, the focus will be on improving the state ranking and taking performance to a good level.
There will be no appointment of former primary teachers
The government is not ready to appoint teachers for pre-primary classes. The reason for this is not the provision of nursery classes before class I in government primary schools. However, education is being imparted to the Anganwadi workers in DIET in pre-nursery training districts.
In fact, the High Court was asked to consider appointing teachers for pre-primary classes. Pre-primary teachers were considered at the departmental level. There is no provision for the appointment of former primary teachers in the current structure of the education department. Teaching in government primary schools starts from class I.
Had approached the High Court on behalf of the teachers who had trained the nursery teachers to appoint them as government primary teachers. The High Court had asked the department to consider the matter of giving the appointment to the said teachers. The government has also called for details from the Director of Education in this matter. There was a churn at the department level in this regard, but it is expected to be a big burden on the exchequer due to lack of this arrangement in the existing structure and the appointment of former primary teachers.