Education is a tool that can play a vital role in bringing reform in our society as Mahatma Gandhi once rightly said, “Illiteracy is our sin and sham that must be liquidated.” Toeing the lines of Gandhi and sensing the significance of education, the Centre has come up with flagship programmes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, also known as the Education for All movement, and Right to Education in order to empower people and iron out socio-economic difference which deepens fissure between haves and haves not. Profound irony is that despite plans galore to eradicate illiteracy and quality education, the scene on ground is dismal. There are many schools which are deprived of basic facilities and infrastructure that is proving stumbling block in the path of imparting quality education. Hearing a PIL, the Supreme Court issued order to state governments including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar Jharkhand, Punjab, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh to provide the primary schools with drinking water in a month and basic infrastructure in six months. It clearly indicates that the state governments are ignoring the students who are studying in these schools. It is dismaying that there are thousands of schools which don’t have even drinking water facility. Electricity, wash-room, and other facilities seem to be a distant dream for them. The gravity of situation is, these schools are not only deprived of basic facilities rather they are also struggling with teachers crunch. It seems that there is a bid to play with the future of schoolchildren. Can a primary school battling with basic infrastructure and staff constraint groom students properly. Ministers and mandarins must learn that shrugging off values of primary education is a sort playing with the future of the nation.

Leaders and bureaucrats are equally responsible for the dismal state of primary schools. They are lax in implementing plans which are meant for developing society. It cannot be denied that bureaucrats too have failed to live up to the expectations of aam adami. If the primary schools are not provided with sufficient teachers and basic facilities, the talks over imparting quality education are meaningless. Perhaps this may be reason that the schoolchildren trip over general arithmetic. It is distressing that knowing the gravity of situation, the state governments do want to take pains to remove all anomalies and judiciary has to give wake-up call to them.