Stressing on the need to introduce a common school system in the country, educationists Sunday said it was the only method to improve the primary education system and remove disparities among students.
"There is a need to introduce common school system in the country so that all students get equal opportunities and facilities, thus lessening disparities amongst students," said Madhu Prasad, educationist and a professor in Delhi University, while speaking at a seminar on measures to improve municipal schools in the national capital.
Pointing towards poor infrastructure facilities in the 1,854 municipal corporation schools in the capital, Prasad emphasised that the standard of education should be raised to such a level so students from these schools are able to compete with those from other schools.
The speakers said most of the primary schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) lack basic amenities and drinking water facilities. They said though students are given free books, uniforms and food in the schools, teaching standards are deteriorating.
"Birth of a child is a matter of chance and it is important that children get proper education no matter what their background might be," said Indira Yadav, director MCD (schools).
She said most of the people who send their children to MCD schools do not have strong financial background.
"If educated people visit these schools and make recommendations to the school management, then the standard of education will certainly improve," Yadav said.
Similar were the views of Nalini Juneja, a professor. "It is important to integrate children, parents and teachers for a child's better future," Juneja said.
(Source: IANS News)