On 22nd November, 2022 at the Constitution Club of India the RTE forum Organised 10th National Stocktaking Convention. The convention began with inaugural address and a tribute to Lt. Ambrish roy
Important points by the speakers:-
1)professor Anita Rampal, DU
-New changes introduced in the higher education system and the chaos being caused due it.
-Need for trustworthy data from the government
-many programs getting initiated for namesake (bridge gap)
-visible dismantling of higher education, esp school education.
2)Mitra Ranjan, RTE forum
-Shared issues of governments inability to record and share data on the covid 19 situation.
-commended the turnout of today’s stocktaking convention
-biggest aim is to take forward the vision of education as taken at the beginning by us all.
3) Angela Taneja, Oxfam
– gave the presentation to introduce the context. Important points are as follows –
1 – RTE Compliance
– Unfinished RTE Agenda – 25.5% schools required/ compiled with the RTE Act in 2019- 20.
– varied between 63.6% (Punjab) and 1.3 % in Meghalaya.
– Data not in public domain
2 – Legacy of COVID : Dropout (News reports)
– Over 49000 secondary students dropped out in Odisha: minister
– Due to COVID- 19, dropout rates in primary schools have doubled: Assam Education Minister
• Child labour
• Child marriage
Impacts on learning:
Loss of 400 billion in the country’s future earnings (world bank)
Health impact due to covid 19:
-Lowered children’s emotional well being by 74%.
-33 Lakh children in India are malnourished, 17.7 lakh severely.
-35% of children didn’t receive their midday meals.
Mental health (severely affected):
Covid 19 legacy: Digital divide
• 13% of people in rural areas, just 8.5% of women could use internet.
• Impact on children: 1/4th surveyed children didn’t have access to digital devices.
• Impact reported by teachers.
• Inadequate focus on offline modes.
School closure – Consolidation of government and Flux in private.
Pushing the boundaries for RTE extension: young child.
NER Roll out
It was followed by another briefing by Anita Rampal who re emphasised the need to ask the government to regular their policies for the benefit of young/higher education students. Her experience in SCERT in Gujarat meeting showed major aspects of changes taking place in education system.
• Internship not easily available for B.ed and PhD students.
• Compartment to students.