The Maharashtra government has decided to transfer money directly into the bank accounts of students studying in ashram schools for purchasing the items of their daily needs.
Primary and secondary schools run in tribal areas are by-and-large a neglected topic in public discourse. Firstpost published a five-part series that explored some of the issues affecting these schools, and their students.
There are 1,109 tribal residential schools across 16 tribal concentrated districts of Maharashtra – half of the schools are aided by the state, which are run by various NGOs. Most of the NGOs either belong to a politician or someone close to a politician
Tribal schools of Maharashtra Part 4: With poor infrastructure, underqualified teachers, education takes a backseat
Most of the tribal students do not even have a separate space to go to after the conclusion of the last lecture. The room in which they spend their night becomes their classroom during the day.
Tribal schools of Maharashtra Part 3: Abysmal security, sexual assault cases remain an alarming concern
While the conditions in which these tribal students live are repugnant, security of the students, or rather the lack of it, has remained an alarming concern.
Tribal schools of Maharashtra Part 2: Students stare at malnutrition due to poor food, filthy kitchens
When food and clothing – two of the most fundamental requirements – are predicated on the whims and fancies of the state, it is a fair reflection on the holistic conditions the tribal students across the state are subjected to.
Primary and secondary schools run in tribal areas are by-and-large a neglected topic in our everyday discourse. The following is the first part of a series that seeks to explore some of the issues that affect these schools.