Thursday, July 20, 2006

municipal school

This is what public school looks like in Mumbai. These kids are actually at school before classes begin so they can get extra coaching. Normally a class would have 30-50 students, all sitting on the floors and there may or may not be a teacher present! The situation at public schools in Mumbai is atrocious - teachers don't come consistently, there aren't substitutes, the classrooms are over crowded and often the teachers don't even know the subjects they are trying to teach. Posted by Picasa

9 Comments:

Blogger Jazzy said...

What a pity about schools. These kids look very tentative =)

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Jenine said...

that's so sad....I bet there are so many children eager to learn. If they can show up on time, the teachers should too.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

That is a sad situation.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I very nice shot to promote a good school environement.
Perfect !

1:59 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

great post!

it's a situation prevalent in Asian sociaties. No sub teachers and over-crowded classrooms. 35-40 in a class when I was in school (late-80s.) I'm told there's more in a room now. And because of the increase in student population, the ministry rushes out teachers before they are ready.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

how come the teachers are absent?

4:31 PM  
Blogger slaint said...

municipal school teachers are paid quite well by indian standards, but there is NO oversight so they just don't show up! It happens in alot of the govt jobs actually.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Thanks for this post. I will refer NZ teachers to this when they worry about class sizes and conditions in New Zealand schools.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

This was so interesting. I personally don't think of India as having this kind of problem with schooling, but moreso in underdeveloped africa. Thank you so much for the insight.

10:52 AM  

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