By T S Sudhir
Andhra Pradesh has 46300 government schools. Only 7300 of them … which means 15 per cent … have power supply. Some 6000 have had their power supply disconnected for many months, some even years for non-payment of dues. The school where we shot at, in Hyderabad, close to the old Begumpet airport, lost its connection in 2008.
Which means some 33000 schools were constructed and opened without a care that a basic amenity like power supply is also essential for school students and teachers.
And when such schools register high drop out rates and low pass percentage, teachers are held responsible. The school in Rasoolpura in Hyderabad is located in a dingy shanty, with the path leading to it extremely difficult to negotiate in the monsoon. Mosquitoes have a heyday.
If corporal punishment is a crime, isn’t this a crime too?
Fortunately, the Right to Education Act has come as a saviour. Watch this story …
(video of my story aired on NDTV 24×7)