UNICEF to help improve primary education in State
PROFESSIONALS From the UNICEF would now help Basic education department officials in improving the quality of education in primary schools under the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan in the state.india Updated: Sep 14, 2006 00:36 IST
PROFESSIONALS From the UNICEF would now help Basic education department officials in improving the quality of education in primary schools under the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan in the state.
It is for the first time that officers from the UNICEF have been appointed in the state with the aim of providing quality education to children in the Parshadiya Primary Schools.
One officer each at ten divisions of the state has been appointed from the first week of September 2006. The officers, to be known as Divisional Quality Co-coordinators (Mandaliya Gunvatta Samanvyak), would visit schools and find out the reasons for low quality standards of education. They would also give suggestions for improvement to Additional Director (Basic) of respective divisions.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, UNICEF Coordinator for Kanpur Division Ramnaresh Gautam said that they had been appointed by the UNICEF on the request of the State Basic Education authorities. Besides, the authorities were also worried about the high infant morality rate in the state, which, according to them, was mainly due to low percentage of female literacy, Gautam added. He further informed that without making substantial growth on the women literacy front, it would be difficult to eradicate the existing evils in the society.
Therefore, during the quality improvement drive, emphasis would also be laid on this.
When asked the reasons for selecting only UP for the drive, Gautam said that firstly it was on the request of the state authorities. State’s population, large number of primary schools and better existing infrastructure were some of the other reasons, he said. “This is the first phase of the drive and if results are positive, it may be introduced in other states as well,” he informed.
Kanpur Division Additional Director (Basic) Rekha Srivastva expressed her happiness over the appointments and said the step would definitely improve the quality of education in primary schools.