Nearly 15% of students in government schools of Lucknow have to work to earn their livelihood, a survey by IIM and Harvard students has revealed.
The study-‘My School, My Voice’ carried out by Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation (BAF) in eight government and aided schools found that among the kids who head towards their workplace after school, 58% earn up to Rs 500 per month while 22% get between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.
BAF is a not-for-profit organisation founded by a few IIM and Harvard graduates to bring in qualitative improvement in the public education system. The survey suggests that girls' attendance is affected adversely if they also go to work. However, work doesn’t seem to affect boys’ attendance, it said.
“The report has been submitted to chief minister and will be circulated to key education officials of all the 75 districts. Even if the report is only about Lucknow, it clearly reflects the situation across the state,” said Samina Bano, founder, chairperson of BAF.
The survey also found that a lot of students have complained that their teachers don’t come to school regularly and remain engaged in non-teaching activities. The study recommends that the government schools need to provide better facilities to students if they want them to match their counterparts in private schools.
“Nearly 55% boys and 71% girls said that they never get any sports equipment during sports hour even when the schools have them,” said the survey.
Similarly, 45% boys and 63% girls have complained of not being allowed to use the laboratory. The survey recommends that clear instructions should be issued to every school management that no student should be asked to perform other chores at schools.