With 17,874 government-run schools operating with just a single teacher and 4,837 schools having no teachers at all, the school education department has planned the evaluation of 25,000 schools across the state based on parameters like attendance, cleanliness and quality of teaching.
The grading of the schools will start from session 2017-18 with external evaluators, and the final survey will be conducted by a reputed organisation of India. A budget of Rs 2.50-3 crore has been set aside for this evaluation, confirmed sources from the department.
In 2011, the department had launched ‘pratibha parv’ across all government schools, which was presented as a comprehensive initiative for the assessment of teaching and learning, and for the evaluation of educational facilities and activities. Later, the programme became specific and a school’s performance was evaluated on the basis of results.
However, this time, a report card on the school will be sent to the respective principals and will be made public.
“This is an improvement. We want to see which school is lacking and which school has adequate facilities. Based on this evaluation, better technologies for classroom, innovative teaching methods and a better planning for schools can be adopted,” additional chief secretary (education) Deepti Gaur Mukherjee said.
Mukherjee also said a list of excelling and poorly performing schools will be prepared, which will be uploaded on the website of the school education department. “Principals will also be motivated to perform better and encourage more children to come to school as their efforts would be on a public domain,” she said.
PARAMETERS FOR THE NEW EVALUATION
Attendance of students
Cleanliness in school
School infrastructure (school building condition and toilets)
Extra-curricular activities and sports
Principal’s personal initiatives