With the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act being implemented across the country,Newsline takes a look at the infrastructure in schools of the national capital and its level of preparation to give every child his/her due.
The Capital is among six states with the highest percentage of teachers that have masters in Education or equivalent degrees.
As per an HRD Ministry survey of states for the implementation of the RTE Act,Delhi has only 0.08 per cent of untrained teachers. The teacher education facilities are adequate,the survey says.
The Capital has around 16 teacher training institutes,including 9 DIET colleges.
As per the District Information System for Education (DISE) 2008-09 survey,Delhi boasts of one of the best pupil-teacher ratio in the country with only 0.07 per cent of government schools having one teacher for more than 100 students. The RTE Act stipulates the pupil-teacher ratio should be 30:1 at the primary level.
Around 59.65 per cent of Delhis 2,768 government schools have one teacher for approximately 40 students.
In terms of infrastructure,Delhis 77.25 per cent of government schools are in good condition; 8.08 per cent need major repairs.
Around 17.52 per cent of Delhis government schools have up to secondary or higher secondary levels.
In terms of SC/ST enrollment in Delhis government schools,the Capital has 14.90 per cent for SC students and 0.40 per cent for ST students in government schools,lagging behind many other states.