Scoring marks is not the only criteria for gauging a student’s learning ability, there lies more to it. And this is exactly the logic by which the state government has made amendments to its earlier definition of ‘Pragat Shaikshanik’ (educationally advanced) Maharashtra by way of a fresh GR issued on October 28.
Since the state started implementing the Pragat Shaikshanik Maharashtra scheme three months ago, almost 100 per cent schools, which enrolled for it, qualified for being advanced within three-four months.
“This resolution changes the definition of advanced schools and, henceforth, even if a student scores above 40 per cent in the varied tests, they would not be considered advanced. Only if all students in every class of a school achieve 100 per cent of their learning ability, only those schools or class would be considered advanced,” states the GR.
However, the new definition has led to much confusion as each student’s 100 per cent learning ability may differ with no definitive way to measure it.
Asked how it would be possible to gauge it, principal secretary of state education and sports department Nand Kumar said, “Soon, we will be sending detailed instructions on that as well. The idea is to make our educationists think out of the box and not restrict learning to mere scoring.”
The GR states that to raise the quality of education, various education officers will have to “adopt” schools from a particular beat (area) and ensure that they set the objectives for these schools. Moreover, no two officials should adopt the same school. The selected school’s current data should either be entered into SARAL student database or Maharashtra State Council for Education, Research and Training (MSCERT) website.
“The teachers from the selected schools should be taken to other schools in the state that have been shortlisted for their constructive approach to education. These schools employ the idea that 100 per cent students can learn. The teachers can go back to their schools and adopt the same approach to teaching as well as make their classrooms more appealing to students. One month after returning from these trips, about 250 teachers will undergo a special one-day training,” Kumar said.
A second training will follow where 40 teachers will be trained by teachers whose classrooms have been identified as ideal.