Summer holidays are over and its time to face a fresh academic year brimming with a new-fangled jargon that may sound alien to many students.

Students will step into classrooms amid chants of ‘Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), the new mantra that refers to a system of school-based assessment that covers all-round development of a child’s personality.

Students must gear up to walk the unfamiliar terrain wherein teachers will not lecture any more; nor will they give reference books or guides. “We have asked teachers to stop giving lectures in classrooms. Instead, they are expected to make teaching interesting and participatory by dividing students in groups and engaging them in constructive activities. Let the students read their lessons and let them prepare notes on their own,” says D. Devanand Reddy, Krishna District Education Officer (DEO).

“A lot of homework has gone into the new syllabus and the new pattern of teaching we want to introduce. District-level subject-wise committees have been formed and teachers have been told not to confine to textbook knowledge but also read reference books to enhance their knowledge,” says Mr. Reddy. A District Monitoring Mechanism has been put in place. Besides identification of nearly 300 cluster resource persons (CRPs), 50 MIS (Management Information System) coordinators, 50 IE (Inclusive Education) coordinators, 50 Mandal Education Officers, 10 Rajiv Vidya Mission sectorial officers and five Deputy Educational Officers have been identified to carry out the task successfully. Each of these personnel has been allotted 10 schools to monitor. As the first step, all 4,500 schools across Krishna district, which include 3,300 government schools, will be visited at least twice for assessment of infrastructure and other facilities. Monitoring of enrolment transition rate will be followed by supervision of proper distribution of textbooks, uniforms and the mid-day meal service.

Awareness drive

“The idea is to generate a positive atmosphere in schools. The ‘Vijaya Bheri’ programme launched on June 5, also aims at publicising the positive aspects of Government schools,” says the DEO. The awareness drive, which will continue till June 15, is highlighting the fact that 23 students of government schools secured 10 points in their SSC exams.

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