About 100 parents took to streets while demanding that state government should establish autonomous commission for monitoring learning outcomes of school children. They protested before Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy Collectorate office stating that a time bound action plan for kid students up to Xth standard is need to improve the education standards.
They stated that municipalities and Gram Panchayat need to maintain records of all the children in their respective regions according to the Right to Education Act. It also states that they have the right to fix the academic calendar.
Bhagya Laxmi, Convener, Mothers Association for Quality Education said, “If children lag when it comes to class-wise learning levels, local authorities should devise academic plans to improve them.” Their independent surveys show results that are in line with the Annual Status of Education Reports 2018. It states that learning outcomes were achieved by only 30% students.
“Let us raise our voices in unison at all forums. Achievement of learning outcomes alone can create an equal society. Parents, school management committees, trade unions and civil society across the state must be sensitized to pressure the government for learning outcomes,” said G Venugopal, convener, Child Rights Protection Forum. A child must be enrolled in classes in accordance to their age and maturity, according to him.
D Prakash, Child Rights Protection Forum observed, “Even poorest among the poor have begun to educate their children in private schools beyond their economic means, but these schools are not up to the mark.”