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Govt schools in MP lose meritorious students, performance suffer

In what can be termed as a flipside of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, government schools in MP are increasingly swarmed with below-average students taking a toll on their performances, said several academicians of the city .

education Updated: Nov 18, 2016 09:45 IST
Students at a government school in Bhopal.
Students at a government school in Bhopal.(Picture for representational purpose/ HT file)

In what can be termed as a flipside of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, government schools in MP are increasingly swarmed with below-average students taking a toll on their performances, said several academicians of the city .

“After teachers at government schools prepare a good batch of students, parents send them to private schools availing RTE quota. So government schools are left with mostly average or below average students,” said Chanda Pathak, an ex-government school teacher, who recently started teaching at a college in Indore.

This, according to Pathak, has led to deterioration of government schools’ results. “Since the government schools lose meritorious students, it affects their results,” she told Hindustan Times.

Results of govt schools witnessed a downfall after RTE’s implementation

Ever since the RTE was implemented in 2009 results of the government schools witnessed a downfall, but the situation aggravated in the past couple of years, observed Sheerin Ansari, a contractual teacher.

Ansari, a teacher at CB Girls Government School in Mhow, pointed out “If you compare the results of the past two years with previous results, you will be able to see the difference. The problem has increased in the past couple of years.”

Another senior government teacher based in Indore, on condition of anonymity, said a pre-primary teacher of a government school during an inspection told her that as better students shift to private schools, government schools are failing to compete with the private institutions.

‘Many government schools are producing better results’

However, when HT contacted Akshay Singh Rathore, district project coordinator (DPC), Indore, he refused to subscribe to the views of the academicians saying many government schools are producing better results than several private schools.

“It is not true that government schools are losing out due to the RTE. Results of many government schools is much better than several private schools. We churn out more toppers than private schools,” he said.

The academicians though do not fully agree to Rathore’s views, they too believe all is not lost yet.

“Government teachers are more qualified than their counterparts in private schools. The government schools have also proved their capability of producing toppers. If teachers start focusing more on average or below average students, the results will improve again,” Ansari said.