In a welcome move for the schools in the state, the Karnataka government has ventured in the digital space by mapping all its 76,000 schools on a Geographical Information System (GIS) platform. This will now allow the government to analyse, identify and rationalise their distribution.
Uneven Distribution of Schools in Karnataka
The existing problem with the schools are that they are unevenly distributed, witholding uniformity in the education of students. According to the Right to Education (RTE) Act elementary education is made compulsory. Now GIS would help the government to identify the areas that need schools and those areas where schools are concentrated, in order to plan accordingly.
What SSA has to say?
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) state project director PC Jaffer said, "Such comprehensive GIS mapping of schools has not been done." "The latitude and longitude of all schools have been captured and digitally plotted on a map. This gives us a spatial distribution of schools to know which areas are unserved and which are the oversaturated ones."
How to access the Bengaluru part of the School Location Map
- Visit http://schoolgis.nic.in/map.html
- On the top tab, click on Area of Interest
- Select 'Karnataka' as State and 'Bangalore' as District
- Click on Thematic Mapping of Schools (seventh tab on the top right panel) for specific data on school locations based on classes/grades
How Karnataka Education Department is carrying out GIS?
Partnering with with the Karnataka State Remote Sensing and Application Centre (KSRSAC), the Education department is working to take the next step. "Right now, we are looking at schools as they exist today. We need a reporting layer to run analytics. It can give us a better understanding of how schools and anganwadis are spread in every gram panchayat and how resources should be allocated," Jaffer said.
How many areas in Karnataka lack schools?
During the RTE admissions that took place last year, authorities found 14 municipal wards in Bengaluru which did not have a single school, government-run or unaided. This was news.
Why do some places in Karnataka not have schools?
The low student enrolment rate has lead to such a condition, say experts. Sixty one government schools in Bengaluru have less than 10 children. "The equilibrium was destroyed because the government permitted private schools to open wherever there were government schools, leading to the latter's death," said VP Niranjan Aradhya, a fellow at the NLSIU Centre for Child and the Law. "The mapping of schools should've been done in 2012, when RTE came into effect in Karnataka."