Tribal schools of Maharashtra Part 4: With poor infrastructure, underqualified teachers, education takes a backseat

Primary and secondary schools run in tribal areas are by-and-large a neglected topic in our everyday discourse. The following is the fourth part of a five-part series that seeks to explore some of the issues that affect these schools. The room is about an inch or two wider than the space occupied by two double bunk beds lined up one after another. One has to walk sideways to pass through the space in between the beds. Bed sheets are sullied. There is no ventilation and the light hardly comes through even…

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Govt becomes education loan guarantor for tribal students

RANCHI: The state government on Wednesday approved a recommendation made by the Tribal Advisory Council to become a guarantor for tribal students, seeking educational loans above Rs 7.5 lakhs. At present, an education loanof up to Rs 7.5 lakhs can be availed without any security but to get a higher amount, a guarantor is needed. In the case of a defaulter, a fund named Chief Minister Higher Education Fellowship Scheme worth Rs 50 crore will be made available to the students. A committee headed by Rural Development minister Nilkanth Singh…

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‘Lack of monitoring harms tribal ashram schools’

Tribal schools run by the government in the State don’t have a monitoring mechanism in place, activists and tribal education workers said on Friday. They also alleged that corruption, mismanagement and a crumbling infrastructure are adding to the worsening situation. The State government is battling allegations of apathy in the management of tribal schools run or aided by it, following reports of the alleged rape of a minor girl at an ashram school in Buldhana district. Milind Thatte from Vayam, an NGO working among the tribal population, said presence of…

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‘Lack of monitoring harms tribal ashram schools’

Tribal schools run by the government in the State don’t have a monitoring mechanism in place, activists and tribal education workers said on Friday. They also alleged that corruption, mismanagement and a crumbling infrastructure are adding to the worsening situation. The State government is battling allegations of apathy in the management of tribal schools run or aided by it, following reports of the alleged rape of a minor girl at an ashram school in Buldhana district. Milind Thatte from Vayam, an NGO working among the tribal population, said presence of…

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