The government-run primary and upper primary schools in Uttar Pradesh have seen a decline in the number of students enrolments, a report by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) revealed.
From 3.71 crore enrolments in 2012-13, the same has come down to 3.64 crore in 2015-16. However, private-unaided schools have seen 36.5 per cent rise in the enrolments between 2010 and 2016, whereas for the same period, government schools have registered a decline of 18.6 per cent.
The CAG report for financial year 2015-16 on general and social sectors was tabled in the Assembly of Uttar Pradesh recently.
According o the report, on an average there were around 20 lakh drop-outs every year between 2010 and 2016, but the state government’s claim was of 0.63 lakh annually.
“In the 428 schools checked by the audit team, against the enrolment of 51,649 children, the attendance on the day of joint physical verification was just 13,861 which comes to 27 per cent,” the report said.
The report further stated that around 6.22 lakh children in the state were not provided school books during 2012-16 despite receiving adequate funds under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA). There was a shortage of around 1.75 lakh teachers against the sanctioned strength of 7.60 lakh in the state-run schools, the report added.
Moreover, irrational deployment of teachers does not meet the pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) in 17,732 primary schools and 1,349 upper primary schools with an enrolment of more than 150 students.
The report further revealed, even after six years of implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 119 teachers posted in primary schools and 30,730 posted in upper primary schools did not possess the required qualification.
The UP government provided only one set of uniform to the children under the SSA during 2011-12, though two set of uniforms were approved under the project and fund were released accordingly.
“Further, uniforms were not provided to 97 lakh children during 2012-16 despite availability of sufficient funds,” the report said.