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Want to help a student: Log on to Haryana’s school nurture policy

The policy gives the option to private bodies to manage schools,appoint staff,carry out day-to-day activities with existing infrastructure and students.

Written by Chitleen K Sethi | Chandigarh | Published: September 25, 2012 2:19:34 am

The policy gives the option to private bodies to manage schools,appoint staff,carry out day-to-day activities with existing infrastructure and students

Haryana wants you to help its schools. The state has come up with a unique school “nurture” policy to allow individuals and private bodies to assist lakhs of children studying in government schools across

the state.

The policy,recently cleared by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda,entails the linking of “nurturers” to the needy schools. “We intend to promote participative management of schools,bringing the community closer to schools in view of the fact that schools cannot exist as an insulated organism,” said Surina Rajan,Principal Secretary (Education).

The policy gives the option to private bodies to manage schools,appoint staff,carry out day-to-day activities with existing infrastructure and students. “The private party can adopt a school and run it in accordance with the rules. In such cases,the government can facilitate the clearance of project and reimburse the private party per child every month with inbuilt hike linked to cost price index,” said Rajan.

As part of nurturing,donors can also provide furniture,furnishings,dining halls for meals,construct libraries,build toilets,kitchens,drinking water facilities,construct maths and science labs,computer labs,etc.

“The possibilities are many. The nurturer can also help in in-service trainings and orientations to teachers and principals,organise educational tours,sports meets,cultural melas,nature camps,annual days,etc. They can organise personality development camps and train students in art and handicrafts among other things,” said Rajan.

Besides,the nurturer can also offer scholarships,adopt poor and orphan children for full elementary and secondary education,provide kind or cash for prizes,reading and writing material,sports equipment,value addition for mid-day-meal programmes like additional food material,plates,rice boilers,provide school and dining hall furniture.

The nurturer will be acknowledged by the education department in carrying out its works. More than one-third contribution in construction activity will be acknowledged with naming the structure in the name of the nurturer’s choice. Display board in school premises will carry the name of the nurturer. The nurturer can also publicise and document the help. The nurturer and his contribution will also find a mention on the department’s portal.

“The education department will develop a web portal where each school can login and upload available infrastructure and requirement. Similarly,nurtures can also visit to web portal and assess the requirement of schools and their willingness to contribute for school in terms of donation and services. To honour and recognised the contributions of the donors their name will be highlighted on the portal,which will also have a grievance redressal section for transparency,” said Rajan.

He added: “Most of the 27 lakh students studying in over 15,000 government primary and high schools are from lower strata of the society and any help will be welcome. Over the years,we expect to create a pool of partners committed to strengthening the education sector and lessen the urban and rural disparities.”

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