Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is considering changes to the primary school syllabus and increasing the number of teachers to improve the quality of education at the elementary level.
UP’s basic education minister Anupama Jaiswal said the Yogi Adityanath government was committed to improving the quality of education in government primary schools. She hoped primary school students would give pupils of the private ones a run for their money if the infrastructure was improved, some changes were made to the syllabus and the number of teachers was increased. Jaiswal said that there had been a paradigm shift in the quality of education imparted at government primary schools.
“The teachers who would keep themselves from teaching activities have started taking classes. The trend of outsourcing teaching activities has been effectively curbed,” she said. “There has been a spurt in enrolments. More than 10 lakh children have enrolled (since the BJP government came to office). The increase in enrolments reflects that we have been able to bring children back to schools,” the minister said.
The BJP government deliberated on why government primary schools were lagging behind. A decision was taken to strengthen “School Chalo Abhiyaan” and the government also came up with the “Khoob Padho, Aage Badho” campaign to ensure that every child goes to school, she said.
Jaiswal said students of various government schools were given uniforms and it would instil confidence in them. “In some cases, parents insisted that their children study in government primary schools even if it entails sitting on the floor, which is a positive sign,” she said.
The basic education minister said there was a proposal to develop schools on the public-private partnership model. “Innovations in schools in terms of teaching and other activities are being encouraged to give an opportunity to students to showcase their talent,” she said.
“MLA, MPs and other public representatives are adopting schools. At some places, even government officials are teaching students,” the minister said.