Chandigarh, July 18: While the Centre is busy awarding "institute of eminence" tag to even non-existent varsity, the state of schools, especially those run by the government, across the country is in total shambles.
The story of a school in Haryana's Rewari will shock you to the core. According to a report by ANI, the Govt Girls Senior Secondary School in Rewari has just one teacher and one student.
Yes, you have heard it right. Earlier the school had at least 22 students and they all left, thanks to lack of facilities, including adequate number of teachers.
Speaking to ANI, the lone teacher of the school said, "There were 20-22 pupils, now there is only one student as there is no staff."
The village head told ANI that he had raised the issue with the local administration but to no avail. "I had complained to the block development officer about the school's poor conditions. I have requested the government to provide adequate number of teachers per subject to attract students back to the school. We want to save the school," added the village head.
Haryana: Govt Girls Senior Secondary School in Rewari has just one teacher & one student. Teacher (pic 2) says 'There were 20-22 pupils, now there's only 1 as there's no staff.' Village head says 'Had complained to BDO. Request govt to provide adequate no. of teachers per subject pic.twitter.com/OhejtYrFnH— ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2018
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi raises the slogan of "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao"(Save the girl child, educate the girl child), this Haryana school for girls is left with one student.
Since poor in India can't afford to send their wards to expensive private schools, they have only one option--government-run schools. If government schools are like the one in Haryana, we will not only witness more dropouts but will raise more illiterate citizens for the future.
India's current literacy rate stands at 74.04 per cent. As per the census of 2011, an effective literacy rate for men was 82.14 per cent whereas for women it was 65.46 per cent. If these conditions persist for long it will take us decades to attain universal literacy.