UDISE+ chart showing electricity facility in schools in Madhya Pradesh
UDISE+ chart showing electricity facility in schools in Madhya Pradesh

Indore: While we talk of online education, smartphones and computers, Madhya Pradesh schools still struggle to even get basic electricity for students. More than 43 per cent government schools in the state do not even have electricity! This is much below national average of 17 per cent. This was shown in Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) report for 2019-20.

Further, the report showed only 30 per cent schools in India have computers and just 22% have internet connection but 90 per cent schools have the hand-washing facility.

During the year, more than 83 per cent schools had electricity in 2019-20 in the country, an improvement of almost 7 percent over the previous year, 2018-19, as per the report.

MP lacks behind in the race as even overall electricity facilities in all the schools in the state including government, private, aided and other schools combined also stands at 65 per cent only. That is 18 per cent below the national average.

The report also said that more than 90 per cent schools had a hand-wash facility in 2019-20, a major improvement from 2012-13 when it was just 36.3 per cent. MP has seen a little improvement there providing hand-wash facility in 89 percent schools, i.e. 3 per cent higher than the preceding year.

More than 20k schools shut in MP

While the number of enrolled students rose by 4,06,868 in the state, 20,685 schools have shut down in the year, according to available figures.

Hence, the impact of coronavirus outbreak and resultant homeschooling concept has baffled the education system, especially in smaller districts.

On the plus side, teachers are still being hired in the state! More than 29,196 were hired on payroll in MP in the year. This was in sync with national averages.

The number of teachers in school education increased by 2.72 per cent in 2019-20 compared to 2018-19.

In 2019-20, 96.87 lakh teachers were engaged in school education, about 2.57 lakhs higher compared to the statistics in 2018-19.

In India, a total of 26.45 crore students were enrolled in school education from pre-primary to higher secondary in 2019-20, up by 42.3 lakhs compared to 2018-19, the report has noted.

Medical facility not available in 59% ‘other’ schools in MP

More than 82 per cent of schools conducted a medical check-up of students in 2019-20, an improvement by more than 4 per cent over the previous year, 2018-19.

"In 2012-13, about 61.1 per cent of schools conducted medical check-ups for students," it said.

In Madhya Pradesh, 18 per cent of schools overall do not have medical facilities. This was an improvement from the preceding year, when 22 per cent of schools did not have medical facilities. More than 59 per cent of schools categorised as ‘other schools’ did not have medical facilities in the state.

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