Efforts are on to implement Right to Education Act effectively in district schools, said the district project coordinator of the act Anil Matharoo.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Anil Matharoo, district coordinator said, “We want to implement the act effectively in government schools and for that we need to maintain the teacher pupil ratio in government schools. For which we have sent the data to the state so that they can have an idea about how many teachers are required in government schools.”
“Moreover, maintaining a teacher pupil ratio in government schools will also lead to improving results. The government school teachers are already through with the household survey to identify out of school children and the data is going to be compiled by next week. The data will be sent as annual work plan to the state to get directions on whether to mainstream these students or if they should be sent to special training centres.”
He said for school management committees (SMC) non-residential training is being conducted to make the members aware about its functioning.
However, a school management committee needs to be in place with 74% of members among parents, teachers and representatives from the local authority. This committee would manage the school's assets, disburse salary to teachers and deduct it in case of absenteeism, along with monitoring the school's working.
As per the act, every school must maintain a teacher pupil ration of 1 to 30. In primary schools (Classes 1 to 5) there must be two to five teachers and the number of students per teacher must not exceed 40.
An upper primary school (Classes 6 to 8) must have at least one teacher per class and one teacher each for science, math, social studies and languages; one teacher for every 35 students and a full-time head-teacher if enrollment crosses 100.