Government Schools In Hyderabad: Facilities And Conditions
There have been surveys done by two private organizations recently, the Pearson’s Voice of Teachers (VOT) Survey and Education World, and they found that the students in Hyderabad do better at studies than those from other parts of the country.
The Pearson’s Voice of Teachers (VOT) Survey found that 63 percent of students in Hyderabad are active learners, compared to 55 percent in the rest of India. However, the figures tend to taper off when it comes to government schools in the city.
Statistics of Government Schools in Hyderabad
It’s a fact that the facilities in government schools in Hyderabad leave a lot to be desired. The same survey found that students from government schools in Hyderabad were less engaged in their studies (51 percent), compared to students from private schools (67 percent).
Deepak Mehrotra of Pearson India explains, “We spoke to 6,494 teachers from schools across 546 cities and towns and 14 states. Though Hyderabad and Telangana students fare well in case of learning than other cities and states, facilities and teaching strategy needs to be improved in government schools, to make students from underprivileged background more engaged.”
PL Vishweswar Rao, president of TS Save Education Committee, explains what’s wrong with government schools in the Hyderabad: “While there are 800 government schools in the city, many schools do not have sufficient number of teachers, buildings, toilets, libraries. How can we expect them to find place in best schools list? Government should first do a ground level survey about the problems being faced at all government schools and come up with an action plan to ensure that even government schools are considered as best places to admit children in.”
Government schools in Hyderabad
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often emphasized the importance of having toilets in schools for girl children, and one of the biggest problems with government schools relates to the high dropout rates among girls because of the absence of toilets within the school premises.
- Government schools in Hyderabad, and in the rest of the country are considered unattractive by most parents because of the lack of basic amenities, whether it’s drinking water or proper toilets.
- In many government schools, there is no running water. For example, the water connection at the Government High School, Golconda, was disconnected by the Water Board for non-payment of bills. Many government schools depend on wells or bore wells for water.
- Electricity is another problem – many government schools find it hard to pay the bills and suffer from power shutdowns for a major part of the day. So, while most schools have computers – which are donated by well-meaning charities – the computers serve as nothing more than showpieces. It’s rare to see students operating the computers.
- Most government schools do not have sweepers or cleaners. It is left to the children to do the cleaning by themselves. The state government’s Rajiv Vidya Mission (RVM) provides just Rs. 500 a month to government schools for their upkeep.
- There are other potentially dangerous issues. Many government schools are in run-down buildings that are on the verge of collapse. Students attend classes at great risk to their lives, especially during the monsoon season.
The teachers suffer just as much as the students, but there’s little anyone can do about it. A government school teacher lamented, “For the sake of drinking water or toilet children go home and many fails to turn up.”
Challenges for Government Schools in Hyderabad
For sure, the Government of Telangana has said on many occasions in the past that government schools are second to none. But parents don’t agree with that. The government was forced to shut down 115 government schools in Hyderabad because of lack of students – In fact, some of these schools were had zero students and yet the teachers and the other staff were drawing salaries.The unpopularity of the government schools is matched by the growth of private schools. Most parents in the city look to enroll their kids in private schools, even in those that are unrecognised by the government. There are 700 government schools in Hyderabad and 300 aided ones in Hyderabad, but despite the best efforts of the government and NGOs such as the Azim Premji Foundation, the conditions in these schools remain deplorable, and even abominable.
As Narayana, president, A.P. United Teachers’ Federation, explains, the maintenance grant is woefully inadequate and should have been raised to at least Rs. 3,000 per month to attract workers.
Nampally MLA Virasat Rasool Khan says that the government school building in Humayun Nagar II, Asifnagar is in a pathetic condition, and that he is worried about the safety of the children. “I have represented the matter to the District Collector several times but to no avail. It might collapse anytime,” he says.
In India, there is a lot of talk about Right to Education, but that holds little meaning if government schools in the country continue to remain neglected in the manner they are.
Rimtimmers recommends few government schools in Hyderabad:
Government High SchoolAddress: Opposite Raja Rajeshwari Bank, Dharam Karan Road, Divyashakti Appartments, Ameerpet, Hyderabad, Telangana – 500016
Phone No: +91-98492 80321
B V S AcademyAddress: 6-4-426/1, Near Prabhu Photo Studio Bolak, Musheerabad, Hyderabad – 500020
Phone No: +91-9949430084
NATCO Government High SchoolAddress: Borabanda, Hyderabad – 500018
Phone No: +91-9700676973
More Details: NATCO Government High School
Govt Girls High SchoolAddress: House No 5-966, Abids, Gun Foundry, Hyderabad – 500001
Phone No: +91-40-23211486
Gati Governement High SchoolAddress: Rd Number 7, Vimal Nagar, Zahara Nagar, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana – 500034
Kendriya Vidyalaya in NFC NagarAddress: Nuclear Fuel Complex, Ghatkesar, Rangareddy, Hyderabad – 501301
Phone No: +91-8415225344
Saraswathi Kanya VidyalayaAddress: Plot no 6/342-34, Road no.8, Banjara Hills, Opp sapthaparni, Hyderabad – 500034
Phone No: +91-7893800520
Government High SchoolAddress: PCR Road, Vijaynagar Colony, Vijayanagar Colony, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad, Telangana – 500057
Govt Audacity Memorial High SchoolAddress: Door No: 5-1-338/431, Secunderabad, Hyderabad – 500003
Phone No: +91-9849355071
Burgula Ramakrishna Rao Girls High School in BarkatpuraAddress: Barkatpura, Hyderabad – 500027
Phone No: +91-40-27564506
More Details: Burgula Ramakrishna Rao Girls High School in Barkatpura
Andhra Pradesh Saangika Sumshema Gurukula PathshalaAddress: Ibrahimpatnam, Govt Hospital Backside, Hyderabad – 505450
Phone No: +91-8414222346
Government High SchoolAddress: Manikonda Road, Vinayak Nagar Colony, Shaikpet, Hyderabad, Telangana – 500008
Phone No: +91-9440217115
A P Grammar High School in RamanthapurAddress: Vivek nagar, Ramanthapur, Hyderabad – 500013
Phone No: +91-8099863649
More Details: A P Grammar High School in Ramanthapur
Government High School in YousufgudaAddress: Krishna Nagar Main Road, Yousufguda, Sri Krishna Nagar, Hyderabad – 500045
Phone No: +91-40-23541654
Government Nehru Memorial High SchoolAddress: H.No. C-144, B. Blocks, Malakpet Colony, Hyderabad, Telangana – 500036
Phone No: +91-8096331591