COVID-19 effect: 39.7L students moved from pvt to govt schools

More than 12.2 crore girls enrolled in primary and higher secondary showing an increase of 11.8 lakh

By Sri Lakshmi Muttevi  Published on  10 March 2022 2:41 PM GMT
COVID-19 effect: 39.7L students moved from pvt to govt schools

Hyderabad: There has been a drop in enrolment of children in pre-primary, class I, and children with special needs (CWSN) due to the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Enrolment in pre-primary and class I decreased to 29.1 lakh and 18.8 lakh, respectively, in 2020-21, according to the report on Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) 2020-21 released by the Union ministry of education.

As per the report, the enrolment of CWSN students was 21.69 lakh in 2020-21, a decrease of 3.56%. However, students enrolling from primary to higher secondary is around 25.4 crore, an increase of 28.3 lakh compared to 2019-20. During 2020-21, 39.7 lakh students from government-aided and private school students shifted to government schools.

Rise in enrolment of girls

In 2020-21, more than 12.2 crore girls enrolled in primary and higher secondary showing an increase of 11.8 lakh compared to the enrolment of girls in 2019-20. The numbers are said to be more than the enrolment of boys.

In 2020-21, the total number of students enrolled in schools from primary to higher secondary stood at 25.38 crore showing an increase of 28.32 lakh compared to 25.10 crore enrollment in 2019-20. The gross enrollment ratio (GER) in 2020-21 was 92.2% in upper primary, 99.1% in elementary, 79.8% in secondary, and 53.8% in higher secondary.

Pupil-teacher ratio

The pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) in 2020-21 stood at 26 for primary, 19 for upper primary, 18 for secondary, and 26 for higher secondary, showing an improvement since 2018-19. About 96.96 lakh teachers were engaged in school education during 2020-21. This is higher by about 8,800 in comparison with the number of teachers in 2019-20.

School infrastructure

About 84% of the total schools have electricity as compared to 73.85% in 2018-19. Schools with functional drinking water grew to 95.2% in 2020-21 from 93.7% in 2019-20. Also, schools with functional toilet facilities for girl students increased to 93.91% in 2020-21 while schools with hand-wash facilities went to 91.9% during 2020-21.

The number of schools with functional computers increased to six lakh in 2020-21 showcasing a growth of 3% along with the rise in the number of schools having internet facilities to 3.7 lakh in 2020-21 from 3.36 lakh in 2019-20.

Non-teaching staff

The number of non-teaching staff also improved over the years. Total non-teaching staff during 2020-21 stood at 15.8 lakh as compared to 12.37 lakh in 2018-19. Among the non-teaching staff, the number of accountants, library assistants, laboratory assistants, head clerks, LDC/UDC staff has grown from 5.79 lakh to 7.8 lakh by adding 2.05 lakh from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

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