Jose John February 6, 2016 No Comments
GET IT RIGHT ON EDUCATION The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan was launched in 2001 to ensure that 190 million children in the age group of 6-14 would be able to attend school and receive quality preliminary edu­cation by 2010. In 2001, the number of out-of-school chil­dren in India was estimated to be about 39 million. Independ­ent surveys estimate that this number has fallen gradually to around 10 million in 2005. Could we then say that the Abhiyan is close to meeting its target? Quantitatively yes, but if we talk about quality education, India is far from achieving its goal. The Annual Status of Education Report, a yearly survey conducted by an NGO, reveals that at least 50 per cent of these children cannot read a simple two-line passage. It fur­ther says that a greater proportion of about 65 per cent of the targeted population currently cannot do a simple two-digit division. Is this too much to expect of a child in class II? All the praises won by pushing children into school will be lost if we keep churning out students, who would be considered as literates by the census but wouldn’t be suitable for employ­ment. . Who do we hold responsible for this failure? There are scores of NGOs...
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