Why is Bidar at the bottom?
Rishikesh Bahadur Desai
The district ranked last the previous year too
There are hundreds of single-teacher schools
Bidar: Bidar has been placed 34th on the list of 34 educational districts ranked according to the SSLC results declared on Thursday. It was the last district last year too. Why does Bidar always end up being last? This is the question in the minds of the concerned citizens here.
“The problem lies with lack of resources — physical and human,'' says teacher Vithaldas Pyage. “Bidar has less of everything — school buildings, equipment, libraries and teachers — compared with other districts. We suffer from long pending vacancies of teachers and education department officials.”
High levels of poverty and child labour are the reasons for low educational achievement of the district, says Students Federation of India leader Vijay Kumar Sonare. “Many children from poor families skip school to work in the fields. So the performance is poor,” he said. According to him, the special programme of the International Labour Organisation aimed at reducing child labour in the district has not been very effective.
MLC and editor of Bidar Ki Awaaz Khaji Arshed Ali said: “Even today there are hundreds of single-teacher schools in many villages. Disadvantaged children from such schools come to high schools. How can you prepare them for challenges like the board examination?” Zilla panchayat president Kushal Patil Gadagi said that teachers, especially those in government schools, are never held accountable. A senior education department officer said that last year, when the SSLC results were down, the zilla panchayat passed a resolution to stop the annual increments of the teachers of schools where no student had passed. However, the teachers associations protested against this. They said the zilla panchayat had no power to discipline.
Deputy Director of Public Instruction Mohammad Bashir said: “We had hoped the clear reading and error-free writing campaign launched by the department would have improved the results. We are disappointed.”