Education Blog

Shivraj Singh Chouhan government has delivered on its promise not to distribute laptops to meritorious students of the state examination within the last six years, but failed to provide computer technology in public schools that benefit all students.

While the government has distributed cheques 17000 students to purchase laptops, barely 4% of schools in the state have computers that are falling too, since 2010, according to ASER 2014 report by the NGO Pratham published earlier this week. There is a consistent drop in percentage from 2010, when 7.5% of schools have computers in their rooms. Thus, the number decreased to 7.1% in 2011, and then by 4.8% in 2013, says the report.

Since 2009, 16,896 deserving students received cheques of Rs 25,000 each on Chouhan for the purchase of computers and laptops after they have provided more than 85% in class XII. The percentage of availability of computers in public schools in MP is not only well below the national average of 19.6%, which is much worse than in other BIMARU States barring, which is 2.2%. However, the worst performing state pan-India Chhattisgarh has only 0.5% of schools have computers.