Sangeetha Unnithan

To be used for micro-level preparation of educational projects in State

Heads of schools to upload data

Stress on holistic development of schools

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The General Education Department has taken up a massive data capturing programme for creating a comprehensive database of high schools and higher secondary schools in the State.

The project has been taken up under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), a sequel to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The nation-wide scheme covering classes IX, X, XI and XII, aims at ensuring universal access and quality in secondary education.

Following the directive of the Centre regarding the national-level implementation of the scheme, the State government had directed Principals and Headmasters of all recognised higher secondary and high schools in the State, including CBSE and ICSE schools, to compile data regarding their respective institutions for creating the Secondary Education Management Information System (SEMIS), an online database for planning and tracking the physical progress of RMSA project.

The heads of high schools and higher secondary schools in the State had also been provided training by the IT@School Project to upload data to the SEMIS portal.

Technical support

The web site had been developed and maintained by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) which is providing technical support for the RMSA project.

“The database being compiled for RMSA will not only include information on the infrastructural and physical factors of schools but also human resource, educational quality and other indicators. The purpose of this database is primarily to help in planning, managing and monitoring the implementation of the scheme. In due course, it will also become authentic information on schools approved by the Government of India,” RMSA Special Officer (Kerala) Tinku Biswal said here.

From sources of drinking water to the highest academic qualification of teachers, the SEMIS format will require heads of schools to upload information on every aspect of their school’s academic and infrastructural facilities.

A short profile of the school, number of full-time and part-time teachers, number of repeaters in public examination, toilets, library facilities and exam results are some of the other data to be filled in by the schools.

The data capturing is being done under the supervision of District Education Officers in every district.

The RMSA scheme will cover around 5,000 schools in the State.

“As heads of schools will have to upload directly all this information on the SEMIS website, it was necessary to provide training on how to fill the forms correctly and minimise errors. The district coordinators of the IT@School Project were initially trained. They conducted district-level workshops for headmasters and principal,” IT@School Project Executive Director K. Anvar Sadath said.

Central nod

The Centre had approved a Rs.47-crore proposal submitted by the State government for strengthening and upgrading the schools under the RMSA project. An amount of Rs.1.4 crore had been released to the State for preparatory activities like creation of database.

“After the compilation and checking of data, we will have to do micro-level planning for framing specific projects at district and school level. The focus in the first year of the project will be holistic infrastructure development of schools,” Ms. Biswal said.