Quality check for schools

A NOVEL EXPERIMENT: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy having a word with Primary Education Minister Basavaraj Horatti at a State-level release of KSQAO results in Bangalore on Thursday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

Staff Reporter

Instil enthusiasm among children to learn, teachers urged

BANGALORE: The rising incidence of suicide among schoolchildren and teenagers because of fear of failure in examination needs to be addressed in terms of delivery of quality and wholesome education, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said here on Thursday.

Mr. Kumaraswamy was launching the "Karnataka Schools towards Quality Education" programme, said to be the first ever such programme in the country to assess schools against various parameters, of the Karnataka School Quality Assessment Organisation (KSQAO) of the Department of Public Instruction.

Until now, the poor pass rate in SSLC examination had been a bad reflection on the state of education, but an initiative to assess quality in terms of teaching, infrastructure and other parameters should throw up facts and figures with which the strengths and weaknesses of schools could be identified and addressed. This initiative would enhance competition among government schools, he said.

He urged teachers to go beyond classroom teaching, to instil self-confidence, self-esteem and enthusiasm for learning among students.

Conceding that teachers faced many problems such as non-disbursement of salaries to overwork and stress, Mr. Kumaraswamy said he would make honest efforts to resolve them.

Primary Education Minister Basavaraj Horatti said this initiative was launched at a time when the percentage of students abandoning government schools for private institutions had risen from 11 to 20. Education Secretary T.M. Vijaya Bhaskar said the KSQAO analysis results for 2005-06 covered over 21-lakh students in classes two, five and seven, in all government and aided schools.