In order to improve the quality of education in the state, the education department has tightened the noose around the district education heads. Under this programme, the district education heads have to monitor schools on weekly basis.
Ahead of the annual evaluation exercise of government schools — Gunotsav — discarding the ongoing monthly evaluation programme launched by the department in September, this year, a weekly evaluation and monitoring of primary schools has been introduced to be implemented with immediate effect from Monday.
As per the directions of Education Minister Bhupendra-sinh Chudasama, a government resolution (GR) has been passed directing each district education officer (DEO) and district primary education officer (DPEO) to visit at least one government primary school every week.
“The initiative has been taken to improve the quality of primary education in government schools. The district education officers have to report to the department with the feedback on school’s performance as well as any problems being faced by students, staff or parents,” said Chudasama.
During the visit, the officials have to meet teachers, School Management Committee (SMC) members and parents where they are required to verify teachers’ attendance in the school, the feedback given by students on his teaching and infrastructural issues, if any. After the visit, the officials have to submit a weekly “report card” of the school to the education department. “The report cards have to be submitted through e-mail to the respective head of departments (HoDs). To start from coming week, the concerned officials have been asked to submit the feedback forms Friday-Saturday,” said M I Joshi, director, primary education.
In a similar evaluation exercise started in September this year which has been discontinued, the teams were to conduct similar school visits and meetings with the stakeholders, followed by submitting the report to the department. Another similar programme was launched in July 2014, but was discontinued soon after its launch.