In order to improve teaching standards of government and grant-in-aid secondary and higher secondary schools in Gujarat,the education department will rate and award top three schools in each district and the state. The initiative,to be launched from 2013-14 academic session,will have cash prizes worth Rs 1-10 lakh.
While separate core committees (for district and state) for the selection and rating of schools have been constituted,the last date of submission of applications by the schools is August 30. The schools that have been registering 80 per cent and above results for the last three years will be evaluated and the appraisal forms filled by the schools have to be submitted to each district education officer (DEO).
The initiative will benefit in two ways. First,through cash award,best performing schools will be encouraged to maintain the standards and second that those schools with less than 80 per cent result will have a target to achieve (80 per cent and above result) and thus compete with other schools, said Ahmedabad DEO R I Patel.
Five-point evaluation system has been framed for the selection and grading of schools. These include initiatives taken by the school,teachers,participation and performance of students in activities outside school,community participation and motivational activities that could be replicated in other schools. All these points are further divided into sub-categories that would also be rated for each school on a scale of three equivalent to A++,A+ and A.
The evaluation criteria for schools include eco-clubs,sanitation,library and its utilisation,use of bulletin board,seating arrangement,peer group learning process among teachers,learning through computers,facilities for disabled students,economically weaker students and those weak in studies,publication of articles by teachers,support from other education institutes,parent meetings and other such points.
While the 15-member state core group will include schools commissioner as the chairman,the 13-member district core committee will have the DEO as the chairman. The district core committee have to follow directions from the state core committee for awards and also required to hold two meetings in a year. Further,if required,these have to guide school committees from time to time.