Principal Vacancies, Dropout Rate & PTR Ratio High In Delhi State Schools: ??NCPCR Report

New Delhi has pointed out a high number of vacant posts of principals
By Team Edunews

27-09-2022

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR),  the apex child rights body,  New Delhi has pointed out a high number of vacant posts of principals,  pupil to teacher ratio and dropout rate reflects on  the condition of education in the capital city of India. This reported  has come  just a week after  New York Times a  international daily  praised  the AAP-led Delhi government`s education model, Titled `Clean Toilets, Inspired Teachers : How India`s Capital Is Fixing Its Schools. The international daily called Delhi government`s education system,  is a lifeline for millions of families looking to break the cycle of poverty. The observations made by NCPCR are as follows:

  • Learning outcomes scored below the national average.
  • The out-of-school children transition rate from primary to upper primary (i.e., class 5th to 6th) was 99.86 per cent
  • Elementary to secondary (class 8th to 9th) was 96.77 per cent in 2015-16
  • The transition rate for both levels declined in subsequent years.
  • The rate increased in 2018-19  yet it is still lower than the transition rate in 2015-16
  • Not  all children completing primary education enter the upper primary level, in 2016-17, 39,9916 students enrolled in class 5 in Delhi schools, in 2017-18, the enrolment in class 6 was 37,0803. This denotes   around 30,000 students did not enter the next grade.
  • In 2018-19, the enrolment in class 7 was 36,9484 which means that further children dropped out from the schools or repeated the class
  • Pupil-Teacher Ratio, Delhi has the second highest Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) (1:33) at primary level after Bihar.
  • At elementary level, the ratio (1:31) is highest among all States/UTs.
  • The Pupil-Teacher Ratio shows availability of adequate number of teachers for teaching the children enrolled at different levels of education
  • .As per norms and standards are given under the `Schedule` of RTE Act, 2009, for primary classes the Pupil-Teacher Ratio should be 1:30 and for the upper primary level it should be 1:35.
  • High Pupil-Teacher Ratio indicates a greater number of students per teacher implying less focus of teachers on students resulting in a decline in the quality of teaching.
  • Over appointment of principals NCPCR officials led by Chairperson, visited Government schools in Delhi and besides, discrepancies with respect to the infrastructure and other aspects of the functioning of the schools
  • It was also highlighted that posts of Principal/Head Master are vacant in schools.
  • As per data available on UDISE+ Dashboard for 2020-21 there are total 1027 schools under Department of Education out of which only 203 schools have Headmaster/acting Headmaster/Principal (nine schools have Headmaster, three schools have acting Headmaster and 191 school have Principal).
  • The RTE Act, 2009 outlining the Norms and Standards for schools, for classes 6th to 8th, where admission of children is above 100, stated there shall be a full-time head-teacher in the school.

 The activities of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights  include Education,  Child health, care, welfare or child development,  Juvenile justice or care of neglected or marginalized children or children with disabilities, elimination of child labour or children in distress. NCPCR  has new motto  which reads  `Bhavishyo Rakshati Rakshit`