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Manipur Tops In Opting For Private Schools

Government school at Hongman village, Senapati district. The picture gets clearer. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

IMPHAL, Feb 11 : With 66.1 per cent of the total children between 6 and 14 years going to private schools, Manipur ranks first in the whole country in terms of sending children to private schools.

Provisional account of the Annual Status of Education Report (Rural) 2010, better known as ASER 2010 facilitated by an NGO named Pratham was released today in the auditorium of the ICM.

According to the provisional report which is exclusive for the North East region, Manipur has the highest number of children going to private schools between the age group of 6-14 years.

For Tripura, the number of children going to private schools between the same age group constitutes just 2.8 per cent of the total number of students.

Respective figures of children going to private schools in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are 36.1 per cent, 13   per cent, 46.8 per cent, 14.5 percent and 16.7 per cent.

The figure of 2.8 per cent for Tripura is the lowest in the whole country.

The report mentioned that the number of children going to private schools in West Bengal is 5.9 per cent, Tamil Nadu 25.1 percent, Maharashtra 26.4 per cent, Kerala 58.2 per cent, Punjab 38 percent, Andhra Pradesh 36.1 per cent, Karnataka 20 per cent and Himachal Pradesh 25.3 per cent.

The provisional report was released at a simple function where MLA Radhabinod Koijam was the chief guest.

Former member of the NER Vision 2020 steering committee Prof N Mohendra presided over the function.

Speaking about ASER 2010, Ashok Mutum of ASER Centre, New Delhi said that ASER reports are being published annually since 2005.

The basic objectives of ASER are assessment of the schooling facilities enjoyed by children in the age group of 3-16 years, to assess how children are being taught and then to check if schools have requisite infrastructure.

He said that ASER reports would be very useful while formulating education policies and program at both State and national levels.

Radhabinod Koijam observed that most parents are reluctant to send children to Govt schools despite all the schemes taken up by the Government for Government school students.

Parents are spending large amounts of money in sending their children to private schools for the Government schooling system has failed completely.

Though primary education, primary health care and primary livelihood are of crucial importance to all the people, primary education and primary health care system remain critically sick.

The Govt’s offer for free education in Government schools is meaning- less when these schools have failed to deliver any good, Radhabinod Koijam said.

Prof Mohendra stressed on the need of power decentralization to make education fruitful and far-reaching. The function also featured a panel discussion with Prof Mohendra as the chairperson.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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