With six students from Shajapur district on the merit list of 39 toppers in the Class 10 (high school) MP board examination, the ‘Operation Dronacharya’ carried out by Shajapur district administration throughout the year has reaped rich dividends.
The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) on Monday announced high school board exam results along with the list of 39 merit students. As per the list, six students including state topper Mukesh Chandel are from Shajapur district. This year, more than 68% (precisely 68.35%) students from Shajapur district were successful against the state’s 53.87% results.
According to the district school education department officials, in 2015 no students from Shajapur district got place in the list of 37 merit students, but this year, six students – including topper were on the merit list and this is all because of the ‘Operation Dronacharya’ carried by the district administration.
“It’s a complete game changer for the district students as the district not only managed to give highest number of merit students in the state but also improve its performance,” said district education officer Thomas Bhuria.
“Our prime focus was to improve board results in the districts both in terms of quantity and quality and we achieved this in a big way,” said district collector (DM) Rajiv Sharma who started the programme.
Ensure teachers’ presence at schools
“First of all, we ensured 100% teachers’ attendance at schools, especially in schools situated in remote areas. To bring teachers to schools, we started deducting their salaries and as a result, we managed to contain absenteeism up to a large extent,” Sharma added. Under this move, about 200 teachers at different schools were penalised for their absence.
Monitor teaching activities
Administration and school education department teams also regularly monitor teaching activities at all the schools with the help of 20 teams. Under this drive, we not only punish teachers for the careless attitude, but also motivate teachers to deliver their best and as a result, we managed to get this success.
Connect 40 schools with internet
At some government schools, non availability of mathematics and English subject teachers was a big issue. To deal with the situation, the administration connected 40 government schools through internet and started teaching them through video conferencing. Sharma informed that under the “Sarvatra Shiksha” drive, twice a week, subject experts started delivering lecture from collector office.
“We had asked every village gram panchayat in the district to arrange television sets and internet connection for schools and this experiment proved to be stepping stone. We also provided study materials to the school principals in pen drives so that they can teach students in case there is no internet connection,” said the DM. “This year we managed to bridge the gap up to certain limit and from next year, we would try to connect rest of the schools in the district so that we could get much improved results in 2017,” Sharma said.