School accreditation: 18,225 schools complete process; Maharashtra tops the list
The schools rated themselves on available resources such as playgrounds, libraries, computers, drinking water and toilet facilities, teaching learning processes, learners’ attendance and progress, inclusion and safety of children and other parameters.mumbai Updated: Feb 21, 2017 01:01 IST
At 18,225, Maharashtra has recorded the largest number of schools in India to have completed its self-assessments. This is the first stage of the new accreditation system Shaala Siddhi (SS)-2016 that has been adopted by all the states. But, of these, only 25% to 30% of schools have scored more than 90% and secured an A grade in the evaluation.
Shaala Siddhi was introduced last year to help students, parents and other stakeholders gauge the quality of a school through their assessment grades, much like the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) for institutes of higher education.
According to the status report compiled by National University of Education and Planning (NUEPA), Maharashtra is leading in its implementation with 18, 225 out of nearly one lakh schools having completed the first stage of assessments, while that of 1, 535 schools is in-progress.
Officials said that self-assessment of the remaining, 81,202 schools in the state would be done by the end of the month. “Maharashtra is progressing at the speed of 2,000 schools per day, so we hope to complete assessments of all schools by the end of this month,” said Nand Kumar, principal secretary of the department.
Maharashtra is closely followed by Rajasthan (10,003 schools) and Tamil Nadu (2,454 schools). Whereas, Madhya Pradesh, which has the largest number of available schools at 1.52 lakh, has completed assessments in just two schools. Karnataka is yet to finish assessments of even a single out of its 66,000 schools, and Delhi has completed assessment of 473 schools, while 5,076 have are yet to start the process.
The schools rated themselves on available resources such as playgrounds, libraries, computers, drinking water and toilet facilities, teaching learning processes, learners’ attendance and progress, inclusion and safety of children and other parameters.
Self-assessments will be followed by external evaluation that could get them a final certification grading them on a scale from A, B, C and so on. The external evaluations and certification hasn’t begun yet. “We will create assessing parameters and also train schools in mentoring each other so that they can improve their grades,” said Asif Shaikh, programme officer working for RMSA and MSCERT.
At the end of the process, the schools will get SS-2016 certificates, which will grade them - A, B, C - depending on the quality of education they offer. The system had been tested on 72 government-aided schools in 2015.