More Indian children are in school than ever before, but the quality of government schools has sunk to spectacularly low levels. The children in these schools come from the poorest of families – those who cannot afford to send away their young to private schools elsewhere, as do most Indian families who have the means. India has had a legacy of weak schooling for its young, even as it has promoted high-quality government-financed universities. In the light of the grim picture of public schooling in India, suppose you are a District Collector, and a group of poor people approach to make you aware about the pathetic conditions of public schools in their areas. They handed you a letter that contains five problems regarding dismal states of schools i.e. (a) Lack of hygienic toilet facility especially for girls as there are common toilets only, (b) Non availability of clean drinking water, (c) Lack of proper security, (d) Absentee teachers and (e) Rude behavior of teachers and staff with the students. Because of such problem often parents are not sending their children. Dropout rate is also high. Your education minister also expects something concrete from you, as he has to answer local public and media about this issue. With respect to such problems how will you go about providing solutions so that your action may become example for others to learn? (250 Words)

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There are many reasons for the failure:

First of all, there is an acute shortage of teachers. Children often don’t get a support from their parents.
Parents seem to be indifferent to their child’s learning and only see them as additional hands for work.
There is also longstanding neglect, insufficient public financing and accountability, and a lack of motivation among some teachers to pay special attention to poor children from lower castes.
Even basic amenities like water and electricity are not being provided.

There is an urgent need for improvement in the level of education. The steps needed are:
(a) The officer concern should first collect the detailed information, data so that he can reach to some conclusion about further course of action.
(b) Call a meeting of teachers and direct them to be punctual and sincere in their duty, failing which strict disciplinary action would be initiated. Action should be taken against the failing teachers, as soon as possible, as it would act as deterrence for other erring teachers.
(c) Reward and recognition can be used to motivate the teachers to act in the interest of the children. Steps may be initiated of offering incentives and rewards to teachers who are punctual, sincere and successful in bringing good educational outcomes measured against an objective set of parameters.
(d) The innovative practices which concentrate more on practical knowledge rather than theoretical mugging up of information may initiate a new learning experience within students.
(e) Interactive sessions may be initiated with the students and parents to inspire and motivate them from time to time.
(f) Counseling, workshops etc. may be arranged to realize the teachers about their role in making future of the country and their role in imparting values.
(g) Sanitation facilities should be provided within school premises and awareness drive should be initiated among students towards the importance of hygiene and sanitation.

Officer concerned should not go for any innovative ideas that demand big funds as this is generally not appreciated in day-to-day government functioning, rather it is expected to bring excellence with available resources.

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