Credit, Health and Education are the advanced needs of human society. Education is pre-requisite for human development. Supriya Sule believes primary education is a fundamental right of every child.
As far as primary education is concerned, Maharashtra stands ahead of many other states. There are in all 84,000 primary schools with 4.5 lakh primary school teachers. The student-teacher ratio is satisfactory in the state. Still a lot needs to be done in the state for the quality of education. States like Kerala, Chandigarh, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh have progressed ahead of Maharashtra.
To strengthen the base of primary education, with Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan, Mumbai, Pawar Charitable Trust, other NGO’s and domain experts, various problems in the education system were identified and confronted.
Problems in Primary Education
- 10,000 schools are in need of proper buildings and developed infrastructure.
Drop-out rate needs to be reduced from 12.66% at primary level and 29% at higher-primary level.
- Education research institutions like NCERT, Goodearth, report by a social activist Mr. Herambh Kulkarni highlight that basic skills among primary level students in Maharashtra such as grasping level and solving simple mathematical equations are poor.
- Number of D.Ed. colleges, no performance appraisal, corruption in the education system and no self-sufficiency of educational institutes in rural areas are some of the major issues.
Our Education Programme
To improve the quality of primary education in Maharashtra, Supriya Sule is driving Education Program with support of Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan, Mumbai and various education institutes.
Sarvangin Shikshan Gunwatta Abhiyan (SSGA)
In presence of Hon. Mr. Sharad Pawar, the Union Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, R.R. Patil, the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Vasant Purke, the Education Minister of Maharashtra, Sarvangin Shikshan Gunwatta Abhiyan council meeting was conducted on 27th April 2005 at Yashwantrao Chavan Centre, Mumbai.
Thereafter 45 pages Government Resolution (GR) about the quality upgradation of primary education was released by state government which leads to achieve participation of teachers’ group.
Primary Education Council
On 18th June 2006, meeting was conducted at Yashwantrao Chavan Centre, the participants were Geeta Mahashabdde, Herambh Kulkarni, Harshvardhan Sapkal, Ergond Patil, Shubhada Choukar, Ramesh Panse, Simantini Dhuru.
Review of which was submitted to Education secretary of Maharashtra.
A meeting was held between Supriya Sule and Education secretary of Maharashtra Mr. Sumit Malik in Mantryalaya to discuss the issues of primary education.
Review was put in front of the respective Ministers.
Workshop at Amravati
A one-day workshop was conducted on 10th Oct 2006 to tackle the issue of strengthening the rural educational institutes. Members of 14 various institutes from Vidarbha and West Maharashtra had participated under Education Director Mr. Vijay Deoskar.
One-day Education Council –
On 11th April 2007 a one-day education Council was conducted at Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan, Mumbai. Presentations on Education Projects were given by the government officials, like Mr. Shrikar Pardeshi, Mr. Nipun Vinayak, Chandrakant Dalvi, Prabhakar Deshmukh.
State Level Primary Education Council
This was conducted on 11th September 2008 to deal with the issues such as overall development of the students, role of teachers, role of parents, challenges in front of the S.S.C., etc.