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No RTE effect; primary schools in a sorry state

Dec 21, 2011 01:29 PM IST India India

Mumbai: The Right to Education Act promises quality infrastructure in schools. When child relief organization CRY invited volunteers to click photographs of government schools, it was an image of horror.

Basins covered with bird droppings, dirty toilets, dogs in the classroom, is the horrific reality at some of the government schools. The reality was captured in camera by citizen journalists for CRY's campaign called click rights. The best pictures were put up in five metros - Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai.

The shocking pictures led to citizens signing a petition for quality education. 3,500 signatures have so far been collected.

Kreeanne Rabadi, regional director, CRY, said, "We are planning to take these photos to the government officials and also to the Prime Minister along with the signed petition to ensure something is done."

A recent survey on elementary education infrastructure in the country by the National Institute of Education Planning and Administration has shown that 10 per cent of the country's elementary schools have only one classroom. It says that nearly 42,000 government schools function without a building. It also says there are 137,704 single-teacher schools in the country. Also, 81,617 schools have no blackboards.

School admissions for the year 2012-13 are in full swing but there is no implementation of the RTE in most states as yet. Last month Maharshtra's education minister said he needs two more months to put things in order. If the photos are any proof it seems it will take much longer. Hopefully efforts like these will help to speed up things.