The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has pointed out chinks in the health of education in state-run schools that ails with inadequate teachers and lack of infrastructure.
According to performance audit of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), which is a comprehensive and integrated flagship programme of the central government in partnership with the state government and conducted by CAG, many of the primary schools and upper primary schools do not have required number of teachers, class rooms and in some cases even their own buildings. The aim of the programme is to provide useful and relevant elementary education to children between age groups 6 and 14.
One of the objectives of the SSA, to provide elementary education in the state, too has suffered a dip in enrolment in the government primary and upper primary schools. It has decreased from 4.4lakh to 3.6lakh (18%) in primary schools and 3.2lakh to 2.5lakh (23%) in upper primary respectively during 2009-14.
On the contrary, the enrolment of children in other management elementary schools (private, local body, private aided and unaided, tribal welfare schools, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, Madrasas) has increased from 2.6lak to 3.5lakh (32%) in the same period, revealed CAG.
It also maintained that the objectives of the state government remained unachieved in spite of implementation of SSA for the last 14 years. Out of total 15,162 primary schools and upper primary schools in the state, 454 schools (230 primary and 224 upper primary) (429 in rural and 25 urban areas) were running without their own buildings, either in a rented or in rent-free accommodation.
Pointing out inadequate provisions of rooms in schools, the audit also noted that of 10,650 primary schools and 4,512 upper primary schools, 577 (4%) schools having enrolment of 17,824 children, were running in a single class room and 4,075 (27%) schools having enrolment of over 1 lakh children, were running in two class rooms, as of March 2014.
Furthermore, various provisions of Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009, including 25% free and compulsory education to children of weaker section and disadvantaged groups in aided and unaided private schools, constitution of local authority for grievance redressal had not been implemented as of August 2014.
"Ensure completion of the civil works to provide infrastructure to schools as per the provisions of RTE Act and take effective steps for implementation and compliance of various provisions of RTE Act 2009," advocated CAG.