Of 1,200 government schools in Tiruchi zone (consisting of 14 districts) 42 schools were recognised as ‘best schools’ in their districts at an evaluation meeting organised by Department of School Education. Welfare schemes announced by the State government for school students and proper implementation of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system were the focus of the meeting.
Jointly organised by Directorate of Elementary Education, the evaluation meeting brought face to face district elementary education officials with the upper echelons of the State’s education department, including Minister for School Education, N.R. Sivapathi, and School Education Secretary for the State, D. Sabitha.
“With nearly Rs.15,000 crore allocated by the State government, we have been able to introduce a slew of schemes targeted at improving the quality of education,” said Mr. Sivapathi. The goal of such meetings, he said, was to ensure that the State received 100 per cent results in the upcoming X and XII board exams.
Mr. Sivapathi concluded by saying the department of education must strive to enrol at least 100 students in every school, especially in rural areas.
Referring to CCE as a system of education that encourages students to practically apply the knowledge gained at school, Ms. Sabitha announced that the system will extend to classes IX and X as well over the next two years. “Today’s meeting is the last in a set of meetings held across the State’s four zones and we have met district education officers to discuss strategies for the next academic year and address issues,” she said. The 42 schools, given rolling shields, have been identified from Tiruchi, Pudukottai, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Dindigul, Karur, Namakkal, Salem and Nilgiris districts. “While the State can provide the students with all paraphernalia required for studying, it is they who have to earn marks and only teachers can help them do better,” said Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector.
This is the first time government schools have been evaluated under a variety of heads and recognised for performance. “In each district, schools were graded on a 100-point scale based on their enrolment, teacher-student attendance, maintenance of infrastructure and the quality of teaching,” said V. Jeyakumar, Additional Chief Education Officer, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA). He explained the quality of school’s infrastructure was judged based on toilets, availability of water supply and electricity, and cleanliness of the campus; and the quality of teaching was judged by testing students’ capacity to read, write, speak and understand English and Tamil and solve mathematical problems.
“This evaluation will henceforth be an annual feature,” he added.
Also present at the meeting were A. Jaya, Tiruchi Mayor, A. Mohammed Aslam, Director of SSA state project, K. Devarajan, Director of School Education, V. C. Rameswaramurugan, director of Elementary Education and M.L.A. M. Paranjothi.
Tiruchi: Panchayat Union Middle School, Aanaipatti; Pudukottai: Panchayat Union Primary School, Sengapatti; Perambalur: Panchayat Union Primary School, Perambalur West; Ariyalur: Panchayat Union Primary School, Kadu. Poiyyur; Nagapattinam: Hindu-aided Primary School, Melapaathi; Tiruvarur: Panchayat Union Primary School, Thenkulaveli; Thanjavur: Panchayat Union Middle School, Manojpatti; Dharmapuri: Panchayat Union Middle School, Nallampatti; Krishangiri: Panchayat Union Primary School, Keezhkuppam; Dindigul: Panchayat Union Middle School, Urupakkudi; Karur: Panchayat Union Middle School; Namakkal: Panchayat Union Primary School, Malayampalayam; Salem: Panchayat Union Primary School, Sesanchavadi; Niligiris: Panchayat Union Middle School, Thoodhur Mattam.