Primary education for rural children is in the doldrums. Absentee-teachers account for about 15 per cent in Gujarat , 39 per cent in Bihar. In villages, one single room accomodates several classes, there are no benches to sit, and blackboards are often missing.
Maharashtra alone had such 8.1 lakh illiterate students in 2004-05; Mumbai had some 48,000 such cases. In Mumbai, most of the girls drop out from school at puberty, since they have no privacy because the toilets are just not there .
Today, the HRD Ministry announced setting up of one more IIT in, of all places, Qatar.
The Indian child’s right to Education , or the country in the Business of Education abroad.
What’s more important ?