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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Education in Madhya Pradesh

I recently came across this piece ranking MP 30 among all states of India in terms of educational achievement. This is along expected lines. Some of the issues I feel are

1. Quantity has improved now due to efforts of new government. At least there are schools everywhere. Mid day meal is being provided. In city centers like Indore and Bhopal this is being done by reputed NGOs like Naandi Foundation but in village area problem of monitoring means that huge money is siphoned out specially in tribal areas.

2. Model school for SC/ST and Kasturba vidayalya are creaitng impact.I have personally visited one of this but that was in Educationally forward village (Manpur) of educationally forward district (Indore).

3. Worst lot of government employees are government teachers. They are most pampered lot. they have to work only for 4-5 hours as against normal government employee and still crib about workload.All other government employees go to village and remote areas to serve but not teachers as they do not get any "upari" income.
Late education minister of MP Lakshamn Singh Gaud was a dynamic person with good intentions but he was hoodwinked by teacher lobby of MP.They claim to improve results by making 25% of paper objective !!!!

4. One problem is for job of contract teachers ("sanvida shala") people from big towns work in small district and their rural areas.they will obviously have a propensity to look for city postings. Except maybe English and math all other teachers should be recruited at Block or at most district level and it should be made claer to them they will have to serve in same geography for full career.
This will put a cap on lucrative "transfer-transfer" business also which is worth hundreds of crores.

5. In higher education there is no efforts at quality except maybe at DAVV Indore. New governor is interested in putting his caste men on posts of VCs in all universities and number of VCs who had to resign due to allegations is highest in these 5 year period.This bloke used to be union minister and Loksabha speaker at one time but still he is so castiest.

6.This government is filling posts of teachers but there is no effort at quality or incentive teachers to perform better.In cities there is an increasing gap between CBSE and MP board school on one hand and government and private schools on other hand and peopel seem to have accepted it as part of life.

7. For all talks of Indore becoming an education hub no one pays attention that it is mostly students from UP & Bihar who come here because there is no infrastructure in their state. So they eat seats of local students and due to their habits vitiate atmosphere of city. Other chunk is students form villages nad towns in MP - which clearly points to lack of good education in small towns and districts. What is worse a good number of general category candidates keep on going to south and even abroad as they fail to get seats in state and this means drain of many from state but no one is bother.

8. You can get an IIM and iit at Indore but how many students there are from MP? In IIM Indore hardly 4-5. recently MHRD abolished state quotas in NIT but no one noticed. Obviusly students form states like andhra or bihar will benefit on expense of students from states like MP. Worst hit would be SC/ST of Madhya pradesh as general can compete but SC/ST of MP fair very poorly when pitted their all Indian counterparts from Maharashtra & TN in all India exams.

I sent am mail to email ID of all member of Parliaments from Madhya Pradesh. But I understand no one uses those mail ID or worst no one is bothered about such issue when elections are raging .

so here is the news article

Madhya Pradesh ranks a poor 30 in educational development
14 Aug, 2008, 0906 hrs IST, IANS

HOPAL: Madhya Pradesh, one of India's largest states, ranks 30th in the educational development index (EDI) calculated for 35 Indian states and union territories.

This is stated in the latest report of the District Information System for Education (DISE) on the state of elementary education - primary and middle level - for the academic year 2006-07.

Though the Bharatiya Janata Party government here has made progress in terms of enrolling students in school there have been few efforts to provide quality education - a key factor in student retention.

As per the report, the gross enrolment ratio of children at the primary level increased from 129.76 percent in 2005-06 to 143.58 percent in 2006-07.

But the state's commitment to providing quality education to children can be gauged from its 30th rank in terms of the EDI of 0.481 calculated on the basis of four variables - access, infrastructure, teachers and outcomes.

The state, with a population of 65 million, was at the 29th position in 2005-06 in terms of EDI.

Incidentally, the three states and union territories that scored the highest on the EDI were Kerala (0.772), Pondicherry (0.771) and Delhi (0.757).

As providing educational access to children is not just limited to providing schools in every habitation but also about making the school environment conducive and enabling for children, Madhya Pradesh could not do much on this front either, says the report.

"In the ratio of primary schools to upper primary (middle) schools, Madhya Pradesh has fallen down from 2.8 in 2005-06 to 2.7 in 2006-07. There are only 35,899 middle schools for 95,517 primary schools," says the report.

Madhya Pradesh has a literacy rate of 64 percent. The dropout rate at the primary school level is 15.6 per cent while that at the middle level is 14.7 per cent.

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