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Edu dept plans for surprise checks in primary schools

Checks will be conducted in 36 districts of Maharashtra in a phased manner

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Oct 10 2016 4:01PM | Updated Date: Oct 10 2016 4:01PM

Edu dept plans for surprise checks in primary schools

Education department officials are planning to conduct surprise checks in schools that had declared themselves 'progressive' in July, 2016.

 

Such checks will be conducted in 36 districts of Maharashtra in a phased manner to make sure schools actually meet requirements.

 

The State Learning Achievement Survey (SLAS) recently stated that the academic level in government-run schools is always less than expected.

 

The Pragat Shaikshanik Maharashtra (PSM) aims to bring every child in the state into formal education and impart quality education to school students. PSM is an effort to change this situation.

 

Director of primary education department, Govind Nandede said, "The project has introduced several methods to enable teachers to change the nature of classroom interactions, to make classrooms child-friendly and to promote self-learning.”

 

“Teachers' roles have also changed with the new system. The teacher is now expected to facilitate learning and enable every child to learn at her or his pace," Nandede added.

 

The state education department started visiting schools without notice in the last week of September and the drive will continue till all schools are covered.

 

Since the notification for compliance of the project was issued by the state government, 14,446 schools in Maharashtra officially confirmed in July that they are following the guidelines of the project.

 

Nandede said, "Schools not complying with the rules will have to face action by the department. Midday meals provided in schools will also be assessed."