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�Assam, Meghalaya have worst teacher ratio�

By The Assam Tribune

SHILLONG, Feb 12 � Assam and Meghalaya have the worst pupil-teacher-ratio among the eight Northeastern States with Manipur, Nagaland and Sikkim topping the chart, according to an education report for the NE released by an NGO today.

Only about 34 per cent schools in Assam met the RTE criteria of having one teacher for 30 students while about 60 per cent schools in Meghalaya do so, the Annual Report of Education Report (Rural 2014) for North East India, prepared by PRATHAM, a non-profit organisation said.

ASER is the largest annual household survey of children in rural India that focuses on the status of schooling and basic learning.

Among the top performers are Manipur, Nagaland and Sikkim, with each State having over 90 per cent of their schools complying with the RTE norms, it said.

While over 80 per cent schools in Tripura fulfilled the guidelines, nearly 70 per cent of schools in Arunachal Pradesh met the prescribed RTE pupil-teacher ratio.

The report also said that over 50 per cent schools in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya does not have a separate toilet for girls and does not have facilities for drinking water. Even when the provisions were available and unlocked but most of these are not usable, it said. � PTI

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