IT SEEMS that the State Government’s cent percent literacy mission, ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan,’ is heading for nowhere.
Though the government spent a lot of money by distributing free uniform, midday meal and a number of scholarships, it failed in its mission to attract students.
The main cause behind limited success is poor awareness among the parents, hailing from the weaker section of society, whose children constitute a major part of the literacy mission.
A reality check was carried out by the Hindustan Times in a few schools of the Kanpur city and a common thing came out that the parents showed little interest in the mission and they were only interested in various lucrative schemes run under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.
Besides, they also did not pay any heed to the suggestions made by the primary teachers.
Urmila Bajpai, a school teacher of Dharmpur, said, “The teachers’ efforts to make children literate are being neglected by their parents as they do not take enough care of their children’s education, possibly because of poor financial condition or any other reason.”
She suggested that the schemes under the Abhiyan could give good results if parents were motivated about the importance of literacy for their children’s future.
Though there was a provision for parent-teacher meeting every month, this meeting was hardly organised, said a senior officer of primary education.
When inquired about the parent-teacher meeting with the Assistant Basic Siksha Adhikari , KB Srivastava of the Patra development block, said that about 40 per cent schools of his block were conducting such meetings.
When asked about action taken against the schools, which were not holding such meeting, he said they were being instructed to conduct such meeting with parents and also instructed that if they were not coming to such meetings, teachers should visit their homes.
However, Srivastava said most of the teachers’ feedback on the issue was that when they visited they found no male members in their students’ homes and the female members hesitated to interact with male teachers due to local traditions.
Absentism is also another reason for poor attendance.
Most of the time the teachers are engaged in various government surveys and duties. In their absence, schools are run by the Siksha Mitras.
Besides, they have to participate in other departmental meetings.
However, most of the teachers and officials of the primary education department said that regular meeting with the parents and public representatives should be organised to make the mission a success, otherwise, the mission of literacy would be aimless.