4,770 volunteers to conduct study

Shiksha Ka Haq Abhiyan, an awareness programme-cum-survey conducted by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to assess the compliance of schools with the Right To Education (RTE) Act will begin in State schools on Thursday.

Minister for Education P.K. Abdu Rabb launched the project at the State level at Government Upper Primary School, Ambalathara, on Wednesday.

The year-long Shiksha Ka Haq Abhiyan was launched in November 2011.

The survey that follows the campaign will assess if the schools are compliant with the provisions of the Union government’s Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

As many as 4,770 volunteers trained by State SSA authorities will conduct the survey to check if the schools are adhering to the rules of the RTE Act.

The survey, which will cover all government and government-aided schools, is expected to be completed in 15 working days.

A team of three volunteers, comprising a cluster coordinator and two volunteers from the Teachers Training Course (TTC), will visit the schools to assess the situation, hold discussions with the staff members and the school authorities, create awareness, and prepare a list of facilities that the schools need as per the RTE Act.

The survey will also review the current teacher-development programme, revised curriculum, and other facilities in schools.

SSA District Project Officer M. Rajesh said the assessment would help analyse the conditions of the schools and suggest necessary changes and proposals to the respective school management committees.

“Each school will have a definite school development plan, and the school committees will have to ensure that the plan is well executed so that the school become RTE-complaint before March 31, 2013,” Mr. Rajesh said.

Questionnaires

The survey will be carried out with the help of questionnaires prepared by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. A book titled ‘Padikkuka Parirakshikkuka’ that was earlier distributed acts as a guideline for parents and teachers on the RTE Act. A newspaper bulletin ‘Vazhikatti’ on the RTE Act was also distributed as part of the awareness programme.