Haryana state council of educational research and training (SCERT) has a new organisational structure designed and implemented with support from the Boston consulting group, a global management consulting firm. The new structure of the SCERT was launched by Haryana additional chief secretary, school education, Surina Rajan, in Gurgaon on Monday.
This re-design has been undertaken as part of a broader, state-wide quality improvement programme (QIP) with the objective to improve the learning levels of students in 15,000 government schools having 26-lakh students and one-lakh teachers.
While explaining the need for organisational re-design, Rajan said the QIP is a one-of-its-kind programme because of its comprehensive approach to large scale school transformation. It not only addresses the school and classroom level challenges, but also systemic issues such as organisational effectiveness and accountability.
In fact, these organisational changes are imperative to the success and scalability of all other initiatives of the state. Starting with SCERT, all institutions of the department will be revamped to support the quality and scale challenge. Also, the directorates will be restructured to get aligned to the learning quality paradigm.
She said that in the new structure, three centres of excellence - centre for curriculum and pedagogy, centre for professional development and center for research and testing - have been constituted. In addition, personnel with relevant expertise in 'primary education' - that faces deep challenges like lack of basic literacy and numeracy - have been included in the various departments which were previously missing.
Director, school education, Vivek Atray, said that recommendations of Justice Verma Commission on teacher education have been taken into account and the new structure is largely in line with those recommendations. The SCERT will now also be given greater autonomy with respect to three key functional areas - planning and management, human resources, and finance and budgeting. This will enable more time efficient decision making while implementing key academic activities within the state.