According to the latest UDISE+ (Unified District Information System for Education) data issued by the national government for 2019-20, about 78% of schools in India still do not have internet access, and more than 61% do not have computers. The UDISE data set includes both public and private schools.
According to the research, while more than 84% of schools have libraries and reading rooms, only 69.4% of them have libraries with books. UDISE is one of the largest Management Information Systems on school education, originally provided by the Ministry of Education for the academic year 2012-13. It encompasses around 15 lakh schools, 85 lakh teachers, and 25 crores, schoolchildren. UDISE+ is an updated and improved version of UDISE.
14.2% more girls were enrolled at the pre-primary level
According to the report, a total of 26.45 crore students were enrolled from pre-primary to higher secondary level in 2019-20, an increase of 42.3 lakh over the previous year. Enrollment of girls increased at all levels, with the biggest rise being at the pre-primary level—14.2% more girls were enrolled at the pre-primary level in 2019-20 compared to the previous academic year.
According to the data, the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) at all levels of schooling improved in 2019-20 compared to 2018-19. “The GER increased to 89.7 percent (from 87.7 percent) at the Upper Primary level, 97.8 percent (from 96.1 percent) at the Elementary Level, 77.9 percent (from 76.9 percent) at the Secondary Level, and 51.4 percent (from 50.1 percent) at the Higher Secondary Level in 2019-20 (from 2018-19),” it said.
Between 2012-13 and 2019-20, the GER for girls in secondary and higher secondary school increased more than that of boys. GER for girls in secondary school has increased by 9.6 percent to 77.8 percent in 2019-20, up from 68.2 percent in 2012-13,” it stated. When compared to 2018-19, the number of instructors in school education increased by 2.72 percent in 2019-20. In 2019-20, 96.87 lakh instructors were employed in school education, a 2.57 lakh increase over the previous year.
In terms of infrastructure, the survey stated that more than 90% of schools in India had hand-washing facilities, a significant improvement from 36.3 percent in 2012-13. In 2019-20, 83.4 percent of schools had electricity, a 7% increase from the previous year.
(News input: The Print)