Staff Reporter

Only three are classified as Grade A schools

An attempt was made under CLIP to create a special language learning environment in schools Hyderabad figures among the slowest districts

HYDERABAD: Very few children studying in Government primary schools in Hyderabad district are able to read, write and solve simple math problems.

This is despite 2005-06 being devoted to a special Children Language Improvement Programme (CLIP) launched State-wide in August 2005 to develop the skills through a series of specially designed interventions by State Academic Monitoring Team (SAMT), Directorate of School Education.

Of the 582 primary schools in Hyderabad, only three are classified as Grade A schools (where 80 per cent class II to V children can read, write and do basic math), but an overwhelming majority lags in the lowest Grade D as per the district-wide school grading prepared by SAMT.

Stories and rhymes

An attempt was made under CLIP to create a special language learning environment in schools by starting a special 30-minute period earmarked for reading stories, rhymes, songs, enriching school libraries with children's books and focussing on comprehension by having two periods instead of one for language and math.

While districts like Chittoor, Guntur, Krishna, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Srikakulum are making rapid strides, Hyderabad's name figures amongst the slowest districts like Ranga Reddy, Mahabubnagar, Medak and Nalgonda.

When the monitoring began in September 2005,in Hyderabad city, of the 582 schools in the district, only 4 were in Grade A in September 2005, while in December 2005, only three schools remained here.

Lack of infrastructure

Many reasons are cited for this. "Lack of adequate infrastructure and monitoring staff and dual medium schools running in two shifts in Urdu and Telugu," says Mr. Vinayak.

The progress is slow but steady, says V Madhusudan, Additional Project Coordinator, Sarva Shikshya Abhiyan, Hyderabad.

"There is 15 to 17 per cent improvement in Grade D, many of them will enter Grade C," he adds. He says even though mandal resource persons are only nine against 48 stipulated, a parallel monitoring team of five deputy education officers with a staff of 18 each have been appointed for school visits.