More than 20,000 schools closed in 2021-22, decrease in number of teachers: Ministry

More than 20,000 schools across the country were closed in 2020-21, according to a report from the Ministry of Education. The number of teachers also decreased by 1.95 percent compared to the previous year.

The report titled Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+) on school education in India for 2021-22 also noted that only 44.85% of schools had computer facilities while almost 34% had an Internet connection.

“The total number of schools in 2021-22 was 14.89 lakhs compared to 15.09 lakhs in 2020-21. The fall in total schools is mainly due to closure of schools under private management and of other types,” said the report released Thursday.

While only 27 percent of schools have special toilets for children with special needs (CSWN), more than 49 percent of them have ramps with handrails, he said.

Detailing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on enrolment, the report said: “While the impact of Covid is cross-cutting, this is particularly noticeable in the enrollment of young and vulnerable children such as pre-school classes “.

This decline can be attributed to the postponement of admissions due to COVID-19.” In 2021-22, student enrollment in school education from primary to secondary was about 25.57 millions

This is higher by 19.36 lakh compared to student enrollment in 2020-21, the report said.
According to the report, the total number of teachers also decreased by 1.95% in 2021-22 compared to 2020-21.

The total number of teachers in 2021-22 was 95.07 lakh, down from 97.87 lakh in 2020-21, it said. “The percentage of teachers who teach only primary (34.4% in 2021-22 from 35.4% in 2020-21) and only upper cycle of primary school (18.9% in 2021-22 from 21.5% in 2020 -21) has been reduced.

The decrease in teachers during 2021-22 compared to the previous year was 0.9% in public schools, 1.45% in subsidized schools, 2.94% in private schools and 8 .3% at other schools, he said.

In UDISE+ 2021-22, additional data on important indicators like digital library, peer learning, identification of bottlenecks, number of books available in school library, etc. have been collected for the first time. to align with the National Education Policy (NEP). 2020 initiatives.

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