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Many Challenges Ahead. Uncertainty reigns supreme, especially on education front, as the state enters New Year.

Uncertainty reigns supreme, especially on education front, as the state enters New Year. The year that passed by witnessed much turbulence and its shadow has still enveloped to a large extent. The Challenges are many, on varied notes.

Though the present system would continue for at least three years even after bifurcation of the state, some questions on job front, local-non-local distribution remained unanswered. If the state is divided, the students of Seemandhra region are likely to get a huge educational package worth Rs 8,000 crore with an IIT, IIM, IIIT and some institutes of higher learning.
Youth and educated unemployed had a disastrous year as TET and DSC were not held due to unrest in the state and there is minute possibility that they would be held before next elections. The recruitment of nearly 60,000 jobs has also come to a grinding halt. Even the exams like Group I and II have left the meritorious students in lurch with wrong Keys dampening their hopes.
Lack of sufficient and skilled faculty resulted in dismal performance of many state-run universities. Given the prevailing conditions, the new scheme of RUSA offers new hope and the state expects many new varsities and colleges in the next three years.
In primary education, the drastic fall in the retention caused ripples in government. In spite of heavy campaigning and by conducting Educational Fortnight twice, government failed to get desired results. Parents showed proclivity towards private schools with a hope of imparting better education to their wards. Pupils joined in class I in government schools, shift to private schools after a year or two. This resulted in 5% fall in retention rate.
The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) of students has not been implemented in a methodic way like that of CBSE.
Technical Education in the state is in doldrums as a Task Force Committee reported more than 70 per cent of the institutions lack basic things. EAMCET stays on but remains doubtful on medical entrance since an appeal filed by Union government on NEET is under the scrutiny of Supreme Court. Some engineering, MCA, MBA colleges are on the verge of closure.
These challenges have to be addressed in the New Year and one can only hope a new dawn for the student in 2014.
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