Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh said that the government will chalk out a comprehensive plan to enhance the learning level of students till elementary stage.
While releasing the Annual Status of Education Report-2012 (ASER) for the state, Virbhadra Singh said, “the inclusive plan would include systematic and regular assessment of learning level for all the students and the schools will also be graded on the basis of their performance. The grading would gradually be linked to monetary and non-monetary incentives to the schools.”
Singh further stated that Education Department has been asked to prepare a detailed action plan by March 2013 outlining immediate measures for 2013-14 and a long term perspective plan to improve the situation. After every four months each child studying in Class I to VIII would be assessed against benchmarked attainment levels setup by the Education Department which would help in tracking the progress of each child and remedial action would also be taken accordingly. Teachers in Government school were well qualified and had taken the state to a great height in the field of education in the past and were capable to meet the challenges of future.
“It was time for all educationists to analyze the declining trend, highlighted in the ASER report and take steps both at the classroom and institutional level to reverse it. However, non-performance will not be tolerated and action would be taken against the defaulters. The staff posted in all support institutions up to the Block level including State Project Offices of SSA and RMSA, SCERT, DIETs, BRCs will be appointed on selection basis and their performance will be evaluated,” Singh added.
He added that a comprehensive programme for School Leadership and all the Head Teachers and Principals will be initiated to train them and to enhance their capacity to face these challenges. He also suggested review of textbook and curriculum and making the system more accountable and responsive and better utilization of resources will also be planned.
Principal Secretary Education K Sanjay Murthi assured Chief Minister that all possible steps would be taken to improve the quality of education in the state.