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Convergence of technology and education is needed : Dayaram, AKF India

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What is the situation of basic school education in India?
Access to school is not a problem. 98% of population has access to school within walking distance of 1 km. The core issue is unpreparedness of the school system for mass education, especially of marginalised. Schools are unable to retain students. Drop out continues to be high and learning level is abysmally poor. The number who have joined but left the school is much larger as compared to children who never joined school. It means they are not able to adjust and on analysing further, you will find non-learning and non-comprehension as measure reasons for children leaving schools. Almost 50% of students, who put in five years in school, are not able to properly read and write, they are not able to do simple mathematics. They are barely literate. The quality of education is the main issue. For long the entire discourse on drop out remained centered around parental poverty and disinterestedness rather than accepting it as failure of the school system. There are innumerable examples of poor parents supporting their children

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