Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday unveiled her agenda to raise the standard of education in Rajasthan.
Raje has finalised three committees, which will suggest the state government on improving the level of education. The committees on school education, higher education and vocational education will submit their report within three weeks.
The decisions were taken after a daylong state-level conference on ‘Education - Challenges and Strategies’, organised at the Harish Chandra Mathur - Rajasthan Institute of Public Administration (HCM-RIPA). Apart from Raje, minister for panchayat raj and rural development Gulab Chand Kataria, education minister Kalicharan Saraf, officials from the education department, higher education, technical education, panchayat raj, vice chancellors of many universities and experts on education took part in the meet.
“Chief minister (Raje) is aiming at changes in education sector and raise standards. We today (Wednesday) discussed problems and possible solution in education sector at various levels from primary education to higher and technical education,” said Kataria.
“Transfer is a big headache in the education department, so the issue of transfer policy and ensuring teacher’s responsibility for results were also discussed in the conference. We should concentrate on better child-teacher ratio to improve the results in schools,” he added.
Additional chief secretary, education, Shyam Agrawal presented a report on overall status of education in Rajasthan. The issues discussed at the conference included promotion of English in rural schools, a campaign aimed at quality education, proper implementation of Right to Education and re-introduction of board examination at class 8 level.
The issue of rationalisation of schools and merging smaller schools with nearby nodal school was also discussed in the conference.
“Chief minister cleared her agenda in the meeting about education and her vision for future generation from Rajasthan. She stressed on language skills, technical training, employability of youth and increasing competiveness of students in the state. For higher education, she stressed on research activities and quality education. If her vision is implemented properly Rajasthan will become an education hub in the country,” said an official present at the meeting.