Setting standards for schools

A voucher system can be leveraged to improve accountability in government schools

Two recent judgments of the Allahabad High Court have created chaos in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) educational system. In the first, Justice Sudhir Agarwal’sorder on Aug. 20 asked the State government to create a framework to ensure that children of government employees are enrolled only in government-run primary schools. Then, on September 12, a three-judge full bench, headed by the Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, cancelled the appointments of 1.32 lakh Shiksha Mitras (Para Teachers) on the grounds that they had not cleared the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), prescribed by the Right to Education Act 2010. the judgment also halted the assimilation of the remaining 40,000 Siksha Mitras.

Both the judgments show the annoyance of the judiciary over mismanagement of government schools by the State government. The first decision was welcomed in several quarters, as a measure to increase accountability that would lead to improved teaching standards. However, even if the government shows the political will to frame effective guidelines, the decision will be challenged in the Supreme Court and is unlikely to pass scrutiny for two reasons................Read more


Source: The Hindu

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