“THE FOCUS of the school education department will now shift from primary and middle levels to High School and Higher Secondary levels,” said Principal Secretary (School Education) Dr M S Dani. He was speaking to media persons at Residency Kothi during his day-long trip to the City on Wednesday.
Dani said there were already 82,000 primary and 23,000 middle schools in the State and it was natural that attention would transfer onto the next level.
Special emphasis will be paid to improving Schools of Excellence as they have done a good job of improving results from 40 per cent to 90 per cent and endeavours would be made to bring it to nearly cent percent. A State-level review of these schools would be held in Bhopal from Thursday.
The government has resolved to provide own building to each school in the State and this target would be achieved by next year. The government wants every child to go to school and various schemes including ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’, which alone has a budget of nearly Rs 1,800 crore, have yielded rich dividends. The number of children not attending school has reduced from the six lakh in 2000-01 to about 72,000 in 2006.
He boasted that the department had the largest number of employees and recently 50,000 posts had been filled with contractual teachers.
The department had found that shortage of teachers was the primary reason behind bad results and efforts were being made in this direction to remove the anomaly. The worthiness of the teachers is being improved by launching Operation Quality under which B Ed and D Ed courses will be conducted.
He agreed that most teachers, and mostly contractual teachers, wasted most of their time in staging demonstrations for fulfillment of their demands including increasing salary, reducing number of working hours and assigning only teaching duty. He said that the government was not unaware of these demands and the department was awaiting recommendations of the D P Dubey Committee for taking necessary steps in this matter.
Directorate of Public Education Assistant Director Dr Ramadhar Malviya, who was in the City recently, laid down a target of achieving more than 60 per cent results in Class X Board examinations in government schools this year. In a meeting held on Tuesday with the principals strategies were chalked out for improving standard of education in the government schools.
He said Class X Board examination result was below 30 per cent three years ago. In 2005, the result percentage was 33. The result remained 43 per cent in 2006 board examination. The department has, therefore, set a target of achieving more than 60 per cent result and the way things are going it will not be difficult to accomplish the target. The Centre has assured
of help on condition of the State achieving 60 per cent or more result this year.
He asked the principals to prepare a day-to-day work plan within three months and maintain a daily record of what they were teaching. The District Education Officer will review and take feedback from them.
A State-level workshop was organised in Bhopal recently, while another workshop would be organised at Sarafa Vidya Niketan in the City on December 17 in which more than 400 teachers will take part. Teachers having achieved 60 per cent or more results in their respective subject would be felicitated in this workshop.