Primary education: Punjab comes on top


CHANDIGARH: Punjab tops the list of states in the country when it comes to providing infrastructure and facilities to primary and upper primary

schools. Punjab has eclipsed Delhi on this count. The infrastructure index for Punjab is 0.917, as compared to the figure for Delhi- 0.909.

Punjab education minister Upinderjit Kaur claimed the figures are based on educational development index (EDI) prepared by
National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), an organization established by Ministry of human resource development, government of India, dealing with capacity-building and research in planning and management of education in south Asia.

According to an analysis by NUEPA, the 2007-08 figures account for 18,508 government schools in Punjab. And 65.23% of these schools have playgrounds, 88.38% have the facility of common toilets while 86.09% of them have girls’ toilets. This is higher as compared to Delhi where 74.15% of the schools have girls’ toilets. Drinking water is available to 96.68% of the schools and electricity is available in 83.65% of them. About 40.92% schools have the facility of ramps. According to this
study, 96.32% state schools have been running in government buildings whereas 96.45% schools have buildings.

Pupil-teacher ratio is less than 40 in 71.97% of the schools and ranges between 40 and 50 in 17.11% of them. There were 54,875 classrooms in all, out of which, the state could boast of 72.14% ‘good-condition’ rooms. The state schools have a workforce of 50,793 teachers and 5,332 head teachers.

There are about 64% female teachers in the state. According to 2007-08 DISE data, enrolment of boys in schools is 10,77,613 and of girls is 9,63,730. It means that for every 1
,000 boys, there are 894 girls in schools, it was added.

29 June, 2009