October 1, 2013 2:16:31 am
It has been four years since the Right to Education Act came into force,but problems related to infrastructure and admission of students still persist in a lot of government schools in the capital,a report by a child rights organisation has revealed.
Even though 98 per cent of the schools surveyed had electricity,basic infrastructure such as furniture,library,legal water connection etc was found missing in many schools.
The report a status check of infrastructural facilities available in 131 schools across seven districts in Delhi conducted by CRY found libraries and furniture missing in 80 per cent of schools in West Delhi. None of the schools in the district have computers.
In the East,83 per cent of the schools dont have libraries,67 per cent lack computers and none of the schools have indoor games facility. Playgrounds were found missing in 80 per cent schools in the West,with 42 per cent upper primary schools saying they do not have outdoor games facility.
The survey also looked closely at the admission process in government schools,and found that 90 per cent of upper primary schools across the districts demand age proof for admission something that goes against the RTE Act. No child can be denied admission to a school for lack of age proof,according to the Act.
In 61 per cent of the schools,students were asked to furnish some documentary proof of age during admission. In the Northeast and North,more than 90 per cent schools asked for proof of age. There is also a rise in proof of age requirement as one moves from primary to upper primary classes, the report states.
It has been four years since the RTE Act was passed,but its sad to see most children still facing access-related issues. It is important that we not only address these issues,but also talk of issues related to equality and quality of education as these are not being talked about at all, Soha Moitra,regional director,CRY,said.
During the survey,an open forum was held,where more than 50 children in the 6-14 age bracket spoke on the condition of education in their schools through the medium of theatre.
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