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Govinda panel yet to submit final report, says Minister

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Draft report has been released to invite suggestions from the public

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri speaking at a function at Navanihal village in Gulbarga taluk on Monday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri speaking at a function at Navanihal village in Gulbarga taluk on Monday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri has said that the Govinda Committee on restructuring school education is yet to submit its final report.

A draft of the report has been released to invite suggestions from the general public before preparing the final report.

Referring to the stiff opposition to the committee’s recommendations, Mr. Kageri told presspersons here on Monday that the panel had only come out with the draft; it is not the final report, and the government would take a decision only after it was submitted.

He supported one of the committee’s recommendations with regard to reclassification of primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary and to align the school education system in the State with the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

Currently, primary education in the State is offered from 1st to 5th standards and upper primary from 6th and 7th standards. Secondary education is offered from 8th to 10th standards, while 11th and 12th standards are classified as higher secondary.

The committee, in its draft report, suggested introducing an 8+2+2 system by abolishing pre-university, and introducing 11th and 12th standards in all government and State board affiliated schools.

The Education Minister said the recommendations for this change were in line with the RTE Act.

He said that although the committee had talked about closure of some schools where the number of students was very low, the State government had not accepted this. As far as Kannada-medium schools were concerned, the government’s stand was very clear, he said and added that no school would be closed because of poor patronage.

Recruitment

Mr. Kageri said the Finance Department had cleared a proposal for recruitment of over 4,000 primary school teachers.

Soon, a notification would be issued to start the recruitment process to fill the vacancies.

The process of recruitment for high school teachers had already been completed, and appointment orders would be issued soon, Mr. Kageri added.

Birth anniversary

The Minister stated that a Government Order had been issued to all schools and colleges in the State to compulsorily observe the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, on January 12 next year.


  • Committee has suggested introducing an

    8+2+2 system by abolishing pre-university

  • ‘Finance Department has cleared proposal for recruitment of over 4,000 primary teachers’


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