Shifting the focus of Praveshotsav, conducted at the beginning of each academic session for achieving enrolment targets in schools, the Gujarat education department is aiming at dropouts, both in primary and secondary classes across the state and improving the standard of education by targeting the lowest-grade government schools.
In a major departure from usual, it will involve personal interaction of the officials with the parents as well as assessment of the education system of the schools by visiting officials in each taluka and district.
All these campaigns involving enrollment to anganwadis and secondary schools will be conducted at primary schools itself.
“The focus, this time will be on drop-outs in secondary classes (Classes VIII to X) where the drop-out rate is more than 20 per cent while in the primary classes (Classes I to VII) it is more than 5 per cent.
All the officials visiting such schools have been instructed to submit their assessments that will also have suggestions to improve the standard of education,” confirmed principal secretary education Sujit Gulati.
These guidelines were finalised during a meeting held Tuesday at Swarnim Sankul, Gandhinagar chaired by Chief Minister Anandi Patel and attended by education ministers and all senior officers from across the departments of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
The Praveshotsav schedule for rural areas is June 11, 12 and 13 followed by June 18, 19 and 20 for schools in urban areas.
The officials will not only be on school visits but also have to conduct meetings with parents of dropped-out students and find out possible reasons for leaving school and hold discussions with them and convince them to let them continue their studies.
Following this, they have to prepare a report on their observations which is to be submitted to the education department after the drive.
During the drive, in order to improve the standard of education, the lowest grade schools would be focussed upon.
There are a total of 129 talukas and nearly 2,500 schools that are categorised under these two grades by the recently conducted state evaluation process – Gunotsav.
Nearly 300 senior officials including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Forest Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers will focus on nearly 900 government secondary schools where the drop-out rate is more than 20 per cent. Similarly, the focus will be on over 2,000 government primary schools where the drop-out rate is more than 5 per cent.
Another change brought in this year is the number of schools to be visited by the officers.
Against a standard number of five schools to be visited each day, all those visiting from Gandhinagar would cover three schools per day while remaining have been asked to stick to five schools per day.
CM disappointed by GSHSEB results
While talking about the standard of education, Patel expressed her disappointment over the recent Class XII general stream result of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) that recorded the lowest pass percentage of 54.98 per cent, this year.
“We should introspect and deliberate on the reasons why the result is so low,” she said while addressing the gathering.
Further, she also emphasised on the recent Gunotsav results laying stress on all the seven municipal corporations (barring Ahmedabad) that have scored below the state average. There needs to be an assessment on the reasons for this, she stated.