There have been several debates around the educational sector and education for underprivileged children in India. The discussions range from suggestions for reservation, quality of education, affordable education, and much more. However, no suggestion has been able to make a difference.
The government introduced the provision for the Right to education in the constitution that guarantees free and quality education for all children aged 6 to 14. Furthermore, it introduced provisions for mid-day meals, scholarships, and reservations in private schools. Schemes like ‘Samagra Shiksha’ and ‘Strengthening for Providing Quality Education in Madrassas’ (SPQEM) have been implemented.
All these schemes are good to hear and read about, but the results have a different story to tell. Let’s know about the situation of education for poor children in India.
Status of education for the underprivileged children in India
According to data from the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), 32 million children up to the age of 13 have never attended any kind of school. The majority of these children belong to the underprivileged section of society.
There is a lack of quality infrastructure in government schools and a gap between policy formation and policy implementation in the educational system of India.
Amid these problems, there is an aspect for a solution by learning from the basics.
Lessons from the basics:
The key solution for the situation is reformation at the core levels. There is a need to build better educational opportunities and facilities. The government is making efforts. At the same time, there is a need for collaboration between the community and Nongovernmental organizations to come together. Particularly because there is a lack of resources, facilities, and funds. So, collaboration and partnerships are the best way to bring about bright educational reforms for the unprivileged sector in India.
Several NGOs in India are working towards improving the number of capable teachers, building infrastructure, and initiating the source for informal education. Undeniably, education is the most powerful tool for the underprivileged to Crave a better future for themselves and their families.
5 ways to Upgrade the educational system for underprivileged Children:
(1). Increase the scope of free education– Poverty is a primary concern for the underprivileged section of society. It is a crucial obstacle that prevents the spread of education among the socially disadvantaged section of society. But, free education or affordable education can be a good way to boost the spread of education among the poor.
(2). Build more schools- There is no denying that the number of schools, colleges, universities, and educational institutions is increasing in the country. However, expensive education is put out of reach for the poor. So, building more affordable and government-supported schools will be a good alternative.
(3). Improve infrastructure– For providing better education to students, modern facilities are very important. The underprivileged children are often unable to get quality education due to a lack of facilities. Additionally, the student-teacher ratio is imbalanced. So, improving infrastructure will be a good way.
(4). Bring innovative teaching methods– The level of global development and education has gone up. So, it’s important to introduce new teaching methods and discontinue the primitive ones.
(5). Encourage computer literacy- The world and our country is developing technologically. But, this advancement is not a part of education for the underprivileged children that limits their capabilities. It’s important to encourage basic to advanced computer literacy among students.
The primary solution for reforming the educational sector for the benefit of underprivileged Children is building partnerships and collaborations. This fast-paced and effective solution can bring strong results.