Jaipur: Social activist Nikhil Dey asked the central and state governments to bring transparency in the monitoring of the Right to Education Act-2009 by introducing online Management Information System (MIS) – similar to MGNREGA.
Dey was delivering an address at the RTE conference organized by Ajit Foundation in association with UNICEF, Jaipur, to mark the fifth year of the act being in force, on Saturday.
Dey said, “The absence of a transparent system like MIS is a deterrent in monitoring RTE. The non-availability of data and information like number of teachers, enrollments, attendance, infrastructure facilities, and number of single teacher schools in public domain has made it difficult for anyone to check the RTE compliance.”
He questioned the credibility of District Information System for Education (DISE) which collects the data from every state and releases it. “The methods they have been using for collecting information have become outdated in the wake of technological advancement. Ideally, every school should submit its monthly progress report and make it available in the public domain via MIS,” said Dey, who has been batting for transparency in the monitoring system of RTE.
Dey also questioned the claims made by state education minister Vasudev Devnani of adding nine lakh more students in state schools in the current session. He said, “I found it very unusual to digest the claims made by the minister at a time when enrollments in state schools have reduced by 12 lakh in the last four years. Even if we believe the minister, can he explain how and where these students were admitted when no new teacher or infrastructure like chairs, tables, etc, were added in the last one year?”
Interestingly, Devnani has been repeatedly claiming to have added nine lakh students in the 2015-16 session but has never revealed the final enrollment figure.
Source: The Times of India