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Schools in India

Schools in India Information

Schools in the country have evolved from the Gurukul stage in ancient times, Madrassa in the Mughal period andMissionary schools in the British period. The latter introduced the modern school system which continues today e.g. The Convent of Jesus and Mary School is the oldest convent school present today. The school education system currently is going through a thorough revamping in India. School policies are under scrutiny of the education board as it recognizes the flaws and corrects them by promoting the holistic development of the child.

Schools in Cities

It is not an uncommon sight in the city to see even a K.G. student playing games on the internet, or looking for information on 'School Wiki' for his project. While schools in urban India have made some headway both in the scholastic and non-scholastic front, students are being groomed for higher education or for jobs that require school education only. In the non- scholastic field several schools have encouraged other talents and skills of children in order to promote their all round development, like the St. Michael's Sr. Sec. School, in Delhi. Yet a study made by the government's education body shows that schools in India have still a long way to go, in order to make school stress free and enjoyable for children.

Schools in villages

The schools in rural areas have shown greater numbers of enrollment. However the school drop out rate is 4.6%. Out of all schools in India 10% have schools made up of only one single classroom. 96% of single-teacher schools are in the villages. While in Madhya Pradesh alone, 13857 schools do not have even a school building. In the country's 81,617 schools there is no black board.

School Education Boards

The education system in India provides the facilities for education in schools run by Education Boards like SSC, SSLC, CBSC and ICSE. Several International Schools that are recognized in India offer opportunities to its students to be connected globally.

School Education Policy

From 1 April 2010 the Right to Education (RTE) Act has come into force. As per this Act, the local and state governments will be bound to ensure that all children between the ages of 6-14 years get education. Moreover school dropouts of about 92 lakh will get elementary education. A provision of Rs. 25,000 crores has been made towards the implementation of this Act.

New Thrust in School Education

Admitting that schools in India, do not keep records of the student's growth and development, the government's education board is working out a system by which the all-round growth of the child will be monitored and promoted. Instead of marks the system of credits are on the anvil where provision for grade improvement would be possible. The semester system would be introduced from the secondary stage of schools in India. To reduce the instances of copying during evaluations, the use of books and resource materials is being considered.

Open Schools

Through the National Open School Board opportunities are given to school dropouts to complete their education. Several NGOs also reach out to families in urban slums, and villages, e.g. The Montfort Community Development Society(MCDS).

Adopt a School

Urban schools in cities have been adopting a government school and sharing their resources. The Sr. Secondary Section of Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai organizes camps for their students where they share their skills in the nearby villages and adopt a village school.
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