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‘School enrolment shows big dip in Madhya Pradesh; 745 schools have no students’

Madhya Pradesh has fallen back on school education front with 4.75 lakh less enrolments in 2013-14 compared to the previous year, an analysis of the U-DISE (district information system for education) data by the MP office of Unicef shows.

bhopal Updated: Apr 26, 2015 16:05 IST
Sravani Sarkar

Madhya Pradesh has fallen back on school education front with 4.75 lakh less enrolments in 2013-14 compared to the previous year, an analysis of the U-DISE (district information system for education) data by the MP office of Unicef shows.

This is irrespective of five years of the right to education (RTE) norms and the state government’s ambitious ‘school chalein hum’ campaign that aims at putting all in the age group of 6-14 years into school.

The DISE data analysis shared with the media at a workshop on Friday shows that compared to previous year, the enrolment for primary level went down by 4.20% for 2013-14.

This is the biggest dip to be recorded since 2007-08, when the primary enrolment started showing gradual dip in the state.

“Earlier, from 2004-05 to 2007-08, the enrolment figures had shown quite a sharp growth in MP. The dip is worrying and needs to be probed,” FA Jami, the education specialist of Unicef MP Office, told Hindustan Times.

From 2012-13 to 2013-14, the upper primary (class 6 to 8) enrolment has fallen by 53,000 students or 1.04%. This is the first time such a dip has taken place in the last ten years.

Among the districts, Morena showed a dip of 52,056 enrolments at the primary level while Gwalior showed a dip of 40,948 at the upper primary level.

It is not surprising then that 745 government schools in state do not have even a single student, the DISE data shows. The number of schools having less than 20 students is 6837.

The total number of government schools in state is 1.14 lakh. In Rewa district, 460 schools have less than 20 students enrolled.

INFRASTRUCTURE: The data analysis shows that though there are still several gaps, 55,949 that is almost half of the total government schools in state comply with the student classroom ratio (SCR) of one teacher for every classroom and pupil teacher ratio (1:30 at primary and 1:35 at upper primary level) under RTE.

However there are interesting discrepancies. The data shows that while there are 63,608 excess classrooms in section of government schools, another section requires 53,337 more classrooms to meet the RTE norms (one classroom per teacher).

Speaking at the workshop, the Unicef chief of office for MP, Trevor Clarke emphasized on "right to learn" after "right to education".

He said that merely making infrastructure available or putting children into school would not help if they are unable to get quality learning.

Education specialist Jami called for need of generating reliable learning data at government level in state. Communication specialist Anil Gulati conducted the proceedings.

When contacted minister of state for school education Deepak Joshi claimed that in 2014-15, the enrollment figures had gone up according and thus there wasn't any reason for worry.

As for quality of learning, he said that the state government is in favour of reintroduction of annual exams and board exams for class 5 and 8.

Principal Secretary of school education, SR Mohanty said that the dip in enrollment could be attributed to dip in population growth rate meaning lesser children being born.

'So there are lesser children available. Government is ensuring almost 100% enrollment,' he said.

Empty classes

Primary* Upper Primary*

2004-05 91.04 30.77

2007-08 113.56 40.54

2008-09 112.89 42.82

2012-13 99.89 50.77

2013-14 95.69 50.25

(* All figures in lakhs)