Two years after a panel comprising schools heads, NGOs, educationists and administration officials submitted its report to make schools more accessible, the UT education department is still dragging its feet over acting on its recommendations.
With an aim to implement the provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2009 in its true spirit, besides motivating teachers to improve teaching standards, the department had in 2012 asked the State Institute of Education (SIE), Sector 32 to draft a “vision document”.
A 12- member panel later discussed the parameters of quality education at a ten-day workshop held as part of the exercise and submitted a draft. Sources close to the department said while several meetings were held to discuss the draft, with some changes also being proposed, it still has to be approved.
Meanwhile, a department official said the document was very important to co-ordinate the implementation of several academic plans, funded by either the central government or the UT administration.
Citing the central gov-ernment’s refusal last year to g rant funds under the ‘ Building as Lear ning Aid’ (BaLa) scheme, which aims at qualitative improvement in education by developing child- friendly learning and “fun-based physical environment” buildings in schools, she said: “Had the vision document been implemented ef for ts could’ve been made to divert some of the UT administration’s budgeted funds.”
Anuradha Sharma, one of the panel members and founder of Hamari Kakshya, an NGO engaged in efforts to improve education in the city, said it was strange the department had not yet been able to finalise the document despite much deliberation.
“The vision assumes much greater significance in the light of the poor performance of class 9 and 11 students.
Frequently changing the director of public instructions (schools) is one of the reasons for the delay in putting such initiatives into practice.
Officials don’t remain in office for over a year, hence good initiatives at the ground level become the biggest causality,” she added.
Another panel member, Sarita Tiwari, an education activist, said the department must realise such initiatives would help them to prevent the kind of results they were producing.
Among the other panel members were State Education Institute director Surender S Dhayia, deputy director (II) Saroj Mittal, GMSSS-37 principal Raviraj Kaur, Sangita Vardhan, founder of the NGO Vatsal Chhaya, GMSSS- 10 principal Indra Beniwal and DAV School, Sec 8 principal Vibha Ray.