Education as known had been a priority for all parents always but this year the education system took a sharp shift to the Digital Mode – it created a lot of muddles. Smartphones, laptops, tabs, and high-speed internet packages had been the things that the EWS students and their parents faced trouble in paying for and have turned out to be the most challenging thing.
Now, when the schools plan to open soon, there might be a massive burden on parents to buy books, notebooks, and uniforms for their children. As per the Right to Education Act, 25% of the seats at the entry-level of non-government schools reserved for the students whose income is less than Rs. 1 lakh per annum and for disadvantaged groups like differently- able kids.
As per the policies, these kids get free books, notebooks, uniforms, stationeries, and in-return used to be reimbursed by the state governments. However, almost every year, schools fail to provide these things due to the delay of funds from the government. Parents left with no other option than buying the books and other items needed and wait for the reimbursement. Especially for the weaker sections of the society, this year has created a messy scenario than the other years due to the rise in financial crises.
As per Jyoti Mohare, who is presently working at an NGO in East Delhi has been enquiring to know why they are not providing the allotted items for free; comments that every year at least parents have something to cope up with the needs but this year it is extremely difficult for them to avoid financial crisis. Jyoti has been continuously aiding EWS parents to get through this process.
Now the raising question is, shouldn’t we have expected a bit more than about the EWS children in the New Education Policy 2020?
There should have been proper sanctions of funds for the EWS kids so that India does not see the rise in the number of school dropouts after the pandemic. The state education policies should implement the ways so that the government and the government-aided schools get all the funds for the children to provide for the textbooks and the notebooks and stationeries keeping in mind the financial turmoil the parents are facing. We should not forget that every child in India deserves the Right to Equal Education.