Why are city government schools getting dysfunctional in India?
After reading a news story about dismal performance of well-resourced and over-staffed government schools of Jaipur in public examination this year, I thought of knowing the real reasons for such sorry state of affairs of schools in the government sector. Rajasthan Patrika has termed the results of Jaipur-based government schools ‘shameful’ and ‘disappointing’ despite the government schools in the city having all the infra-structural facilities, qualified staff with choice-posting and state administration’s proximity.
One may be surprised to know that the results in pass percentage varied from zero to around 45 per cent for the schools surveyed by the newspaper. The schools are blaming the non-academic duties, no-retention policy up to grade eight, recent up-gradation of school, students from poor background, etc. as the reasons for the dismal results.
However, some concerned parents and educationalists said that the reasons given by the teachers are flimsy. The teachers have been busy in making extra buck by indulging in activities like conducting and controlling commercial activities through their mobiles during school hours, wasting their time gossips, coming late to classroom, not teaching properly, coxing students for private tuition, threatening students to just sit quietly and providing hardly any time to students on learning tasks.
My own research overview informs that the studies have proved that two hours of active learning by students in the five hour school has produced best of results. Both the administration and teachers should be held responsible for wastage in education despite all the investment in the name of school reforms in the last one decade.
One wonders, whether this is happening in Rajasthan alone or same is the case in Jammu & Kashmir?