Education department embarks on mission to improve schools

Lesson plan: Education Minister R. Kamalakannan addressing a workshop on ‘Project SATH-Education’ in Puducherry on Thursday.

Lesson plan: Education Minister R. Kamalakannan addressing a workshop on ‘Project SATH-Education’ in Puducherry on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: S. S. KUMAR

Holds a workshop under the guidance of NITI Aayog to achieve the objective

Introduction of management information system (MIS), focusing on learning outcomes, concentrating on three or four areas and involvement of parents and locals in running the institution were the key suggestions that emerged at a workshop held here as part of the Education Department’s initiative to improve the quality of education in government schools in the Union Territory.

The department had approached NITI Aayog for its guidance in making a qualitative change in teaching practices and improve student output in government schools.

NITI Aayog had rolled out a scheme titled “Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education” (SATHE-E) in 2017 to streamline the pre-college education before 2020.

Participating in the workshop, Alok Kumar, advisor, Human Resource Department, NITI Aayog, said an effective MIS could help get correct feedback on teachers and parents. The feedback would help take corrective steps in a time-bound manner. The premise that the role of a teacher ended with the time that they spent in school should be done away with. The teachers should go beyond imparting lessons and assist the students in addressing social issues that they confront, Mr. Kumar said.

The department should evolve a proper training for teachers, he said and added that there was immense scope for improvement in the performance of schools in the Union Territory.

Poor performance

The National Achievement Survey 2017 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development had placed the Union Territory in the 27th spot. The performance was behind national average across grades and subjects.

As per the survey, among Class 3 children in government and government-aided schools, only 62% responded to questions in Mathematics, 52% in Environmental Science and 59% in Languages.

In the survey among Class 5 students, 51% responded to questions in Mathematics, 52% in Environmental Science and 51% in Languages. In Class 8, on an average, only 31% responded to questions from Mathematics, 31% in Science, 29% in Social Science and 46% in Languages.

A. Anbarassu, Secretary, Education, told The Hindu that a definite programme would be evolved to improve the quality of education and the department had an open mind in addressing the issues. The steps taken by NITI Ayog under SATH-E would be introduced in the Union Territory, he added.

Minister R. Kamalakannan, Director of School Education Rudra Goud and representative of Boston Consultative Group Seema Bansal attended the workshop.

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