“Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is Government of India's flagship programme for achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education...”. The quoted words, as you know, zoom in the governmental care for children only when one sees them flashing on the SSA's website (http://ssa.nic.in). Unfortunately, the scenario is completely different in our state. As a humble being of a 14-member team, I went through a three-day Teachers' Training Programme (held between the 8th and the 10th instant) under the tutelage of SSA. It was a painful experience for me to have gone through such a programme, in which there was hardly any proper guideline for giving a go to the universalization of the rudimentary education.
What the programme provided us with was nothing but a bunch of flowery words that divide students' errors into the portions of graphology, orthography etc. The three days rolled on with luncheon and gossips, and some forensic speeches regarding how to eradicate the problems were given out. The ways shown to eradicate errors are blocked by the WB Government itself. There is no denying the fact that our RP (Resource Person) was very cordial with us even when we broke out into loud protestations against the defective education system.
Education is virtually enjoying the sunset in West Bengal. The Primary Education losing its colour has appeared to be a setback for our future generation. The overall education system is also demoralizing. The WB Government is squandering the large amount of Indian currency, endorsed by the SSA and playing tricks upon the children. As a result, the children, the scapegoats I mean, are unknowingly brought to the horrible educational altar.
Keeping the scenario in mind, I would appeal to the Central Government to immediately stop funding to West Bengal that has almost flagged down the mass literacy drive.