As education takes a central role in individuals’ lives in modern times, every State and country has to view its economic growth through doors of education. Shradha Agarwal of Elets News Network (ENN) takes a look at Uttar Pradesh’s Government Schools with this perspective.
School education forms the core of all the actions we take. Good education empowers us, making us strong to take care of ourselves in any situation. It is so rightly said that the educated person has the ability to differentiate between the right and wrong. Thus, it is the foremost responsibility of our governments to educate the children in the best possible way.
The Government schools are meant to fulfill this requirement, taking education to every household and enabling a brighter tomorrow for all.
It is important in the Indian set up that the drivers of change in the education sector should be the government schools. Aiming this, the Uttar Pradesh government is all set to have 5,000 government- run English medium UP Government Schools: Ray of Hope and Learning for All primary schools. These schools are expected to commence soon.
Uttar Pradesh has started to revamp the school education by improving infrastructure for the school students as well as for the academic staff. The government has acknowledged the fact that the school education is the critical strategic investment and has given it the status of vital infrastructure project.
The State government has announced that the 19,000 Madarasas that are registered under the Madarasa Board in the State of Uttar Pradesh will also have NCERT books and the mandatory subjects like English, Maths and Science. The government has also suggested that books of various subjects, except English and Hindi, will be made available in Urdu.
Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self respect. If only the real sense of education could be realised by each individual and carried forward in every field of human activity, the world will be so much a better place to live in, former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam once said.
The government plan is to launch the CBSE pattern in the education system of Uttar Pradesh. The course introduced from 2018 onwards will have 70% syllabus from NCERT and the remaining 30% from the local volumes like the local history, geography of the State.
The government also increased the number of teachers to enhance the quality of education at the elementary level. The teachers have started taking classes and outsourcing of teaching activities has been curbed drastically. There has been a drastic increase in the number of enrollment which has gone up to 10 lakhs, which displays that children have returned to the schools.
The government is providing free books to students along with shoes and socks, encouraging the students to attend school. This has encouraged parents to send their wards to school and study instead of putting the children to work.
Leaders in the Uttar Pradesh government are taking serious steps for improving the conditions of schools, where they want to impart such education which will boost employment for future generation. The government is also working towards creating such an education system in which the students and the faculty members build a disciplined and a corruption free society in the future.
Initiatives like “School Chalo Abhiyan” and “Khoob Padho Aage Badho” have been taken by the government to ensure children attend schools. Students are also provided free uniform to – motivate and encourage them to attend school. This step has also influenced parents to send their children to school.
The Government has come up with ideas where skill development has been made part of the curriculum. This is a vital part of the education system as this is the part of the holistic development of students.
The government of Uttar Pradesh aims to develop world class skilled workforce, which should be able to get better employment opportunities in the future. They are focussing on creating skilled individuals which starts from the primary education.
Flexible education should be the need of the hour, which has been acknowledged by the leaders of the State. Flexible education serves the students’ needs and this, in turn, helps students to continue their studies. With the flexible education plan parents too encourage children to pursue studies.
The Government has come up with ideas where skill development has been made part of the curriculum. This is a vital part of the education system as this is the part of the holistic development of students. The holistic development ensures literacy, life skills and great employment opportunities.
The policymakers have acknowledged the fact that most of the students quit their studies due to lack of funds. Addressing this challenge, the government has ensured that the studies of students will not discontinue in case of lack of funds. This policy has been welcomed by parents and the educational community as this was the major reason for the students to discontinue their studies.
Education of girl child has also been taken into account. The Government has also launched various schemes under which education for the girl child has been made affordable and mandatory.
There are 1,23,540 schools in Uttar Pradesh. This consists of pre-primary schools, elementary schools, primary schools, secondary schools, and senior secondary schools.
The leaders aim to make India a knowledge superpower by providing its students various skills and knowledge. Our political leaders wish to abolish the deficiency of skilled manpower in diverse fields of science, technology, academics and other industries. In fact, parents have insisted that their children should attend school even if they have to sit on the floor.