1. Uttam Shisksha - Enhancing the quality of primary education in Uttar Pradesh
As per 2011 census, literacy rate of Uttar Pradesh is 67.68%. Though the enrollment rate of students in primary school in UP is impressive at 94%, the matter of concern is drop-out rate of 11.85% coupled with poor quality of education. In UP, where per
student expenditure increased 25%, the proportion of Std. III students who could read words decreased from 27.1% in 2012 to 15.7% in 2016. As per ASER 2014 report, of all the children enrolled in Std. V
only about half of them can read Std. II level text. The learning levels are decreasing constantly over the last few years.
Increased spending has not translated to better teachers and students’ attendance. About 55.8% students were present on the day of survey in 2016. Basic amenities like infrastructure for drinking water and toilet facility is still not compliant with RTE Act in many schools.
How can change be brought about in the primary education system? What role can technology play in upgrading the learning level of students? How can all round development of children be focused upon through primary education?