With only 19 per cent seats filled in the first year of its implementation, state Education Department has roped in the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) to ensure that the “limited” number of seats reserved under 25 per cent reservation in private schools for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and disadvantaged groups, gets filled in the coming academic session.
Apart from keeping a close watch on the initiatives taken by respective District Education Officers (DEOs), District Primary Education Officers (DPEOs) and Municipal School Boards, the Education Department has passed strictures to these officials to ensure maximum seats get filled under this reservation scheme in the academic session 2014-15.
Anganwadi centres are being tapped for creating awareness among parents and motivating them for availing of the scheme’s benefits. “The department is aiming at a better response this time. As it is the responsibility of the DEOs and DPEOs to ensure implementation of 25 per cent reservation scheme in the respective districts, this time, we are pushing them for creating awareness and ensuring maximum seats to be filled in the coming academic session,” said Sangeeta Singh, Principal Secretary (Primary Education).
Ahmedabad DEO AK Rathod said, “The State Education Department has asked us to ensure the allotted number of 2,000 seats for Ahmedabad gets filled this time. For this, awareness meetings and camps at the anganwadi centres are being organised in co-ordination with the Municipal Corporation. The staff at these centres have been directed to hold meetings with parents so that eligible beneficiaries can avail of this scheme.”
The next academic session starts from July 2014. The Education Department has already organised a few state-level seminars and group discussions on inclusive education that will be held between June-July.
The IIM-A would also be facilitating the government as well as non- government organisations in ensuring maximum beneficiaries get enrolled in private schools. “Apart from a resource centre at IIM-A that would provide all kind of facilities to concerned parties — local government, parents or NGOs — it will also serve as a resource centre and offer legal aid for 25 per cent reservation scheme,” said Ashish Ranjan, project head at IIM-A.
A day-long seminar on the implementation of 25 per cent reservation scheme for principals of private schools as well as district education authorities will be organised at IIM-A campus on February 2. Aiming to provide an interactive platform to government authorities and private schools, the seminar would also look at finding solutions for problems faced by parents, schools and government authorities.