A five-member committee of municipal school board chairmans, zila panchayat presidents and district education office, formed by the state Education Department has been asked to submit a report to the education minister in 10 days to improve standards of primary education in the state.
The decision was taken during a meeting headed by Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama in Gandhinagar on Friday.
“The report will include plans to improve the standard of primary education. The committee has been asked to aim for quality education than merely increasing the enrollment ratio. The focus is primary education as it is the foundation for a student which will reflect in the secondary classes and board results,” said a senior official at the education department. The department is also thinking of ways to increase the responsibility and accountability of teachers, he added.
The Gujarat Education Department had received a lot of flak for a continuous decline in Class X board results. The senior secondary result of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) recorded a four year low at an overall pass percentage of 63.85 per cent while Class XII general stream results saw a nine year low with a pass percentage of 66.35 per cent.
The meeting discussed ways to bring together every member associated with education and involve them- teachers, cluster resource centre (CRC) co-ordinators, block resource centre (BRC) co-ordinators, District Education Officers (DEO), District Primary Education Officers (DPEO), School Management Committees (SMC), anganwadi workers and trainers, for improving educational standards.
The education department carries out an annual internal and external evaluation process in two phases. There are plans to extend this exercise to a continuous process, apart from regular examinations being conducted in schools.