Isha’s school is six kilometres away from home. While distance was not a matter of concern for her, safety was, especially on days when her brothers did not go to school and she had to walk back home alone. Vijay and Rohan never skipped school until their teachers started cancelling classes at the last minute. They are poorly paid, ad hoc teachers who are not very regular at school. Moreover, they miss classes because of census and election duty. What makes matters worse is the lack of teacher training courses, which results in below par performance of teachers.
The quality of education that Isha’s government school offers its students does not justify the effort that many girls like Isha put in to go to school. Girls in rural areas not just have to fight socio-cultural barriers, but also have to face infrastructure issues like long power cuts and abysmal water and sanitation facilities.
All of this has contributed to an increase in the school drop out rates over the years.
Despite education being a constitutional right in the country, its provision falls below the adequate standard. It is vital for us to now focus on primary education, ensure holistic functioning of public schools, and strive towards creating globally competitive institutions.
More investment and focus is needed to ensure all public schools reach their full potential.
We are raising our voice to demand this!
Oxfam India urges you to support us in advocating free and quality public education for all. Your support has the power to transform the future of our country.
#YesDemocracy – Education for All
STATE OF EDUCATION IN INDIA
YOUR SIGNATURE IN THE #YESDEMOCRACY PETITION WILL HELP DEMAND:
1. Initiate modalities for the extension of the RTE Act in line with the recommendations of the draft National Education Policy to include all children from birth to 18 years in its purview.
2. The budget should be substantially increased to signal the government’s commitment to meet the international benchmark of 6% of GDP allocation to education.
3. Fill all vacant posts of teachers with trained, professionally qualified and motivated teachers and invest in strengthening academic support and teacher training mechanisms to provide them with adequate onsite support.
4. Finalize the draft National Education Policy 2019 only after ample public debate and discussions with a cross section of popular opinion and, after adequate consultation in the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
5. Initiate processes for the formulation of a robust regulatory framework to curtail commercialization of education
Oxfam India’s Vision
Our vision is to help create a just nation without poverty; a sustainable society in which people especially the poor can demand and enjoy their rights, influence the decisions that affect their lives, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens in which all human beings are valued and treated equally. We believe in the “Right to life with dignity for all”.
Oxfam India’s Mission
Our mission is to help create lasting solutions to address the injustice of poverty by engaging empowered citizens to become active and supportive partners, advocating an effective and accountable State and building opportunities for the marginalized. We have to create a society for all, where equality prevails and every individual can exhibit his/her right to a safe and happy life.
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