Only 27.2 pc schools have luxury of power in State

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2018 15:07:54



By Tara Chettur

SEVERAL steps are being taken by the State Government to ensure adequate power supply and the results have been exhilarating. Yet, there are many primary and secondary schools where there is no electricity. A comparative analysis of electricity and education-2018 done by ‘Bindas Bol’ Child Rights Organisation shows that only 27.2 per cent of schools have access to electricity in entire State. As far as Bhopal is concerned then one would be surprised to know that only 64.4 per cent schools have access to electricity. Remaining schools are devoid of electricity facility. Needless to say that in electricity deprived schools, students will do not get computer related knowledge as there is no power supply.

Neelesh Dubey, activist of Bindas Bol Child Rights Organisation, said that schools deprived of power supply are not able to give technology related knowledge to children. Such schools are nestled in rural hinterland. In Madhya Pradesh only 15.1 per cent schools have computers. Worst affected schools are in PESA (The Provisions of the Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas) districts. The situation is worrisome in tribal dominated areas as far as computerised schools are concerned. The data shows that only six per cent schools in Mandla, Alirajur, Dindori, Jhabua and Damoh have computers. In Mandla district the condition is abysmal wherein only 5.6 per cent schools have computer facility. Statistics shows that in Indore district around 60.8 per cent schools have access to electricity, followed by 52.4 per cent in Gwalior.

Percentage of electrified schools in Neemuch stands at 39.8 per cent. As far as Jabalpur district is concerned only 39 per cent schools are electrified. These figures are certainly a matter of concern and shows that how electricity issue is hampering computer related education of school children in State. Further he said there is need for mapping down current status of electrification and schools. Electricity facility can enable classes to be conducted early in the morning or in summer. Electricity enables use of modern mass media tools in classroom such as internet and computers. Electrified schools have better staff retention, outperform non-electrified schools on key educational indicators and in some cases enable broader social and economic development of communities. Suggestive measures indicated by the organisation states that more emphasis needs to be laid on electrification in schools in State.