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National Geographer, Vol.XLVIII, No. 1 + 2 (Jan-June, July-Dec. 2013), Pages 41-48

Unfolding Truths in Primary Education; with Special Reference to Uttar Pradesh

Ruchi Tiwari
Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow

Abstract

In this era of globalization and technological revolution, education is considered as a first step   for every human activity. Today, our Government pledges of giving all our children the right to elementary education. India has made great strides in strengthening its primary education system and the RTE Act guarantees a quality education to a wider range of students than ever before.  However, in Uttar Pradesh there are various loopholes in implementing and monitoring high standards in teaching and learning. This learning gap threatens future development and will be an obstacle to productive lives for many. Thus this paper tries to bring out the ground realities of primary education in the vulnerable state of Uttar Pradesh.  Various problems have been highlighted which form barrier to quality education. These current issues have to be promptly and seriously dealt by the government, to get better outputs. For quality improvement, we have to re-think about the idea, structure and system of primary education which have very crucial motivating effects on the students.

Key words: RTE Act, primary education, Uttar Pradesh, quality education      

INTRODUCTION

      According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

“Education is a fundamental human right, along with other necessities, such as food, shelter and water.”
“Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling”. (United Nations Millennium Development Goals)

Education is a fundamental human right and vital to achieving economic growth, increasing income, and sustaining a healthy society. Education is important in helping to improve lives, break the cycle of poverty and ensure that all people, particularly women have control over their destiny. In this era of globalization and technological revolution, education is considered as a first step for every human activity. It ensures the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable individuals to increase their productivity and improve their quality of life. Education is essential to economic development. Fundamental educational skills form the basis for all future learning, but today too many students across the developing world— particularly the poorest—are missing out.

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