Implementation of schemes of RTE is facing critical questions in West Bengal
Created by eekk.123 on Mon, 2011-11-07 19:27
For the last few months the government of West Bengal is facing constant criticism for not taking into consideration the aspects of primary education seriously. Experts from different sections of society are raising questions regarding the poor quality of education provided at primary level and lack of basic infrastructure like insufficiency of teachers, lack of proper classrooms, teacher absenteeism and children drop out cases etc.
When this is the scenario, last Thursday November 3, 2011, the govt. of West Bengal declared that according to the norm of RTE they are going to follow the instruction on the issue of removal of pass/ fail in annual exams up to class eight. while the education minister Bratya Basu remained unanswered, the Industrial minister Mr. Partha Chattayapadhyay made it clear that ''examinations will be there. But no one would be held back in any class. ''
This decision in part of the government has made the teachers and general people confused and at the same time critical about it. It should be mentioned here that on 1st November, 2011, this very govt. had expressed their concern in this regard saying that they were in favor of not omitting the pass/ fail issue. But then this sudden radical shift has become somewhat surprising to everybody concerned. The majority of the teachers' organizations have expressed their disagreement over the step. Though, according to them, it was stated in the act of RTE that no child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of the elementary education (section 16 of chapter IV) , it must have some logical reasoning behind it. Actually to implement this particular rule there should be appropriate infrastructure and sufficient number of school teachers. But without taking these necessary steps the decision of elimination of pass/ fail could be more harmful for students. The General Secretary of Bangiya Prathamaik Shikshak Samiti, Mr. Kartik Saha has expressed his doubts saying, '' The former govt. had made a disaster by enforcing us to accept their decisions uncritically. Even now, this new govt. is working on the same way. The omission of the pass/ fail model would definitely cause harm at Madhyamik Level. ''
Again, on the same day the govt. has also declared that the lottery system would not be followed anymore while admitting the children at school. Partha Chattyapadhyay said, '' We are against the lottery system.'' Education minister Bratya Basu added to this saying '' Lottery system is a kind of gambling. It may restrict a child with merit to enter a school of his choice. On the other hand a child who does not have such merit may get admission to a better school. This could cause negative effects to the child psychology. We want to stop this. ''
Thus, on one hand the govt. is about to follow the rules of RTE, while on the other they are going against the lottery system recommended too in the same act. This kind of self contradictory activity of the state govt. of West Bengal is giving rise to questions regarding their positive intention underlined.