The Gujarat education department has decided to adopt a “reward and punishment” policy for government schools, based on their performance which will be be monitored in the coming months.
The decision comes in the wake of declining state board exam results and overall poor performance of students revealed in Gunotsav 2014, the annual evaluation of primary classes (Class II till VIII).
The best performers in teaching as well as administrative fraternity — including taluka primary education officers, block resource co-ordinators (BRC), education inspectors, cluster resource persons (CRC), principals and teachers of schools scoring the highest grades (A+ and A) in Gunotsav 2015 — would be awarded cash as well as citations ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 10,000.
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This was announced as part of the ‘Gunotsav Abhiyan’ by the Chief Minister Anandiben Patel during a meeting of CRC and BRC co-ordinators at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar Friday. The taluka primary education officer and block resource coordinators (BRC) of the winning teams will get Rs 20,000 each, education inspectors Rs 15,000 each, block resource persons (BRC) Rs 10,000 each while CRCs will be given consolation prize of Rs 10,000.
On the other hand, directions have been issued from the education department to all district education officers (DEO) and district primary education officers (DPEOs) as well as municipal school boards, warning all of taking strict penal action against non-performers and those providing false claims and information on evaluation of students.
Already, from the year 2013, the education department is taking penal action against government school teachers recording 30 per cent and lower results in Class X state board examinations, by holding back their increments and even transferring them out of their home districts or to ‘non sought after’ areas including tribal and rural areas.
Also, an additional two hours, one in the morning from 9.30 till 10.30 and from 11 till 12 noon and one in the evening from five to six, apart from school timings of 3 to 4 pm, have to be started in all schools graded under the D category, which is the lowest.
As a part of ‘corrective measures’ taken by the education department that started on July 1, to run till August 31, the entire process by teachers has to be monitored and supervised on a daily basis by the school principals.
Action would be taken against them if they are found to be non-performing and sharing incorrect evaluations.
The recent Gunotsav results, covering all 34,237 primary schools, have revealed a total of 1,670 schools to be graded under D grade and 4,776 under grade C.
The maximum are graded B (15,799 schools) followed by grade A (11,134 schools) and the least under A+ (858 schools). This has covered a total of 45.46 lakh students, 79.29 per cent of a total of 57.36 lakh students.