No improvement without Teachers, Uttar Pradesh needs to learn this fact

A report released by U-DISE says that Uttar Pradesh has the largest child population but it has very few teachers. The State also has the poorest transition rate from primary to upper primary classes. Uttar Pradesh is also rated as the most populous state in the country, but in terms of education, the state does not seem to do well.

In BIMARU (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh), learning outcomes and the literacy rate is the lowest. It is also been said that by the year 2020, India will have the largest working population, but when it comes to education, India is yet not ready to train its children. The literacy rate in Uttar Pradesh is 69.72%, according to Census 2011 and is the eighth lowest in the country.

In the year 2001, it was seen that there was a rise in the literacy rate of Uttar Pradesh, but, over the years, the different regions of Uttar Pradesh have not been able to maintain that rate. Instead, there is a lot of gap which can be seen now as the literacy rate is dropping.

The pupil-teacher ratio is also very low in Uttar Pradesh. For every 39 students, there is only one teacher, a report released by Unified District Information System for Education Flash Statistics 2015-16 says.

The education data presented by the government says that in the year 2015-16, 25.3 million students were enrolled, but there were not enough teachers to teach them. There were only 6,65,779 teachers available for these students.

According to the Right to Education Act, for every 30 students, there has to be one teacher at the primary level. As of now, Uttar Pradesh is short of 1,76,000 teachers. Most of the schools do not even have sufficient teachers. The rate of absenteeism is also high in the state of Uttar Pradesh, as of now it is 31%.

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