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Enrolment raised in government schools post-COVID, private schools saw a decline

Winter session of Parliament 2022: Government-run schools saw inclination in the enrolment post covid. Whereas, private schools are facing declination.

Reported By : PTI Edited By : Bhagya Luxmi | New Delhi
Published on: December 12, 2022 18:46 IST
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Winter session of Parliament 2022: Inclination in enrolment has been witnessed in government-run schools across the country post-covid-19. Annapurna Devi, Union Minister of State for Education on Monday told the parliament that the enrolment in government-run schools has increased after the covid-19.  These schools will witness a rise in enrolments for the second consecutive year since the COVID-19 outbreak. But, private schools have a different status quo. As per Annapurna Devi, private schools saw a decline. 

The data was shared by Union Minister of State for Education Annapurna Devi in a written reply in Lok Sabha. "The Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education has developed the Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) system to record data on indicators of school education provided by all the States and Union Territories," Devi said.

As per the data recorded in UDISE+, the enrolment in government schools was 13.09 crore during 2019-20. It rose to 13.49 crore in 2020-21 and to 14.32 crore in 2021-22. However, the enrolment in private schools declined to 8.82 crores during 2021-22 from 9.51 crore (2020-21) and 9.82 crores (2019-20) crore, according to the Ministry of Education (MoE) statistics.

During the period, the number of teachers declined across government, government-aided, private and other schools, the minister said. "Education is in the concurrent list of the Constitution. The recruitment, service conditions and deployment of teachers come under the purview of the respective State and Union Territory (UT) government.

The recruitment of teachers in schools is a continuous process and the vacancies keep arising due to retirement, resignation and additional requirements on account of enhanced students' strength and new schools," Devi said. "However, the Ministry of Education requests the State and UT governments to filling-up the vacant posts of teachers and their rational deployment, through review meetings and advisories from time to time.

Further, the Central Government through the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Samagra Shiksha, provides assistance to the States and UTs for the deployment of additional teachers to maintain appropriate Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) as per the prescribed norms for various levels of schooling," she added.

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