The pathetic infrastructure in the educational institutions of Assam has been exposed once again the Assam Human Development Report (AHDR). AHDR was released recently by State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. The report clearly states that Assam fares poorly in school infrastructure development as compared to the national setup. The report says that, as per the All India Education Survey, the school infrastructure in Assam has shown improvement, but good school buildings are yet to be a reality for all.
High percentage of kutcha schools
The AHDR says that in rural Assam, a total of 5.74 percent primary schools (class 1 to 5) are still running in kutcha structures. Only 23.96 percent are actually functioning in partly pucca houses. In urban areas, the percentage of kutcha primary schools is 1.35 while 20.97 per cent are party pucca. The overall percentage of kutcha and partly pucca primary schools are higher than the national average.
The AHDR says that 69.84 per cent of primary schools in rural areas of the State are pucca while the national average is 88.1 per cent. This shows the pathetic condition of primary school buildings in many parts of Assam as compared to the national scenario. The picture is similar in case of primary schools situated in urban areas. According to AHDR, 77.61 percent primary schools have pucca building while the national average is 89.06 percent.