- The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has rapped the Meghalaya government for its inability to execute the Right To Education Act, 2009, bringing about underutilisation of assets of over Rs 900 crore, shortage of nearly 1700 teachers and appointment of over 70 per cent untrained staff.
- Identifying the lack of basic infrastructure as one of the factors hindering universalization of elementary education
Key Facts: (No need to mug it up, just for understanding the core issue):
- Shortage of 1,748 teachers in primary schools
- 224 primary schools having only one teacher for 7,769 children enrolled.
- Untrained appointed teachers – 77 per cent of primary school teachers and 85 per cent of upper primary school.
- 68 schools – no science and maths teacher.
- Shortages of uniform grant and non-availability of free textbooks
- Annual plans were made without adopting participatory approach at the village/habitation level.
- Provision of reserving 25 per cent for children belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups was not being implemented.
- Children with special needs and dropouts did not receive special care and attention
- Government has failed to contain the existing dropout rate of six per cent.
- Enrolment of children and universalization of elementary education by covering all the eligible children should be ensured and the dropout rates be contained.
- Focus should be laid on training the untrained teachers and reducing the shortage of teachers in primary schools besides, providing infrastructure and basic facilities to schools and effective utilization of funds.