Student-Teacher Ratio In Schools Has Improved: Economic Survey
India has also improved quantitative indicators such as enrolment levels, completion rates and other physical infrastructure which includes construction of school buildings/class rooms, drinking water facilities, toilet facilities and appointment of teachers at elementary school level
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Student Classroom Ratio (SCR) and Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) of the government-run schools have witnessed ‘significant progress’, according to the economic survey released by the government.
Besides, Gender Parity Index (GPI) has also improved substantially at primary and secondary levels by increasing enrolment of girls, although in higher education, gender disparities still remain.
India has also improved quantitative indicators such as enrolment levels, completion rates and other physical infrastructure which includes construction of school buildings/class rooms, drinking water facilities, toilet facilities and appointment of teachers at elementary school level.
SCR is defined as average number of pupils per classroom in a school in a given school-year and the ideal size is 30 students per classroom.
According to the economic survey 2017-2017, “At an all-India level, percentage of schools with SCR greater than 30 students declined from 43 percent in 2009-10 to 25.7% in 2015-16.” However, it also added that though SCR has improved in almost all states, there are variations in it.
While India had a PTR of 23:1 at national level for primary schools in 2015-16, at primary level and upper primary level, the PTR should be 30:1 and 35:1, respectively. Data from the UNESCO Institute of Statistics on PTR in primary schools shows that India has a national PTR comparable to countries with similar socio-economic indicators. In some states, as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, PTR ratio is above 60, which is very high from the standards.
The Survey further said there is a need to assess whether higher number of schools having PTR above 30 in four states, including Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, are owing to the shortage of teachers or deployment issues of teachers.
“The recruitment, service conditions and redeployment of teachers are primarily in the domain of respective State Governments and UT Administrations. With consistent efforts by the Government through programs like Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao, the GPI has improved substantially at the primary and secondary levels of enrolment,” it added.