Elementary Education in Rural Odisha: A Neglected Sector
Dr. Kapilendra Das
Overview, elementary, education, relevance, physical, quality, independence, universalization, implementing, compulsory, enrolment, retention, dropout, challenges, impetus, system, lacuna, economic, instruct, endeavors, poverty, cognitive, unique, neglected, sector.
This article aims to provide an overview report on elementary education of rural Odisha with relevance to physical facilities, and quality of education. Since independence, there has been a major thrust on elementary education in Odisha. To achieve the goals of Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE), Odisha being one of the poor states in India has been implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act, right to education for free and compulsory education, and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. There has been some progress only in terms of enrolment, retention, dropout but as far as ensuring the quality of education in terms of students' learning has one of the biggest challenges for the government of Odisha. Although the government of Odisha is providing more impetus towards its overall education growth due to various socio-economic factors, Odisha's education program continues to be up to no good. Of the biggest victims of the elementary education system are those living in rural areas. The Policies, programs and schemes being implemented, but the process in an effective way has been the lacuna of the entire system. Education is the mirror to society and is the seed as well as a flavor of socio-economic development. The present situation of rural Odisha education is that the seeds of education are planted in the children in the schools, but it does not go much further than the school system. The public in general and rural people in particular, often think of schools as a place for teachers to instruct children on reading and writing. Schools are not considered as places, where the students are taught many life skills that will help them succeed in their future endeavors. Many enrolled children of rural Odisha are first-generation learners, who come from illiterate, poor, and poverty families. Thus, they have to single-handedly grapple with school life, mastering the language and cognitive skills without parental help and guidance. One of the main problems that rural Odisha faces nowadays is that all pedagogical innovations that are being made are fit for improving the quality education of urban children but the rural learners, as well as their education, are largely neglected, with more than 80% of people a
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 1

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