THE HARYANA education department has readied a proposal for adopting a two-tier system of schools, thus bringing an end to the concept of government high schools in the state. As per the proposal, the state will have only middle and senior secondary schools.
The proposal is among the reforms suggested in the school education department as part of the Swaran Jayanti of formation of Haryana state. There are a total of 1,382 government high schools in Haryana. As per the plan, these would get an upgrade to senior secondary schools. In case the condition of the school is such that it cannot get an upgrade, it will be converted into a middle school.
An official with the education department said that as per the proposal, the state will have government schools from Classes I to VIII and those from IX to XII. He added that one of the benefits of this would be that the dropout rate of girl students after Class X would decrease.
“In villages, where the schools have only till Class X, there are instances where parents are not willing to send their daughters to an adjoining village where the school is a senior secondary one. With the upgrade of the schools, girls will be able to study at least up to Class XII,” he said.
Further, the post of headmaster and headmistress would cease to exist once the schools get an upgrade. Officials add that there will not be any additional expenditure incurred in the process.
“In the past five years, the number of senior secondary schools has increased. It is beneficial for the students as they do not have to travel far for higher studies. There are several posts of headmasters/headmistresses that are vacant in the middle schools due to various reasons whether retirement or cases being pending in court,” said Dharambir Kaushik, a government school teacher.
The results of government schools for Classes X and XII have been dismal over the past few years. It has now been proposed that a policy of reward and punishment be prepared for the faculty, including supervisory staff. Incentives will be given to teachers who perform well, while poor performance will have an impact on annual reports and increments.
It has also been proposed that teachers who have retired from the Haryana government’s service be engaged against vacancies arising out of trained graduate teachers, language teachers and postgraduate teachers. For this, a panel would be prepared in every district.