State govt to bring changes in classroom setting

With a view to improving the quality of primary education, which is also a major thrust area under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), and even embarrassed by15,000 primary school teachers failing to clear the last two competency tests, the state government has geared up to bring changes in classroom settings and teaching approach.
“Mere focus on school buildings, access, enrollment and retention (getting back out of schoolchildren) may not result in better school effectiveness.

The effort towards achievement of quality also needs to go hand-inhand with efforts directed towards increasing access, enrollment and retention,” said Bihar Education Project (BEP) Council director Rajesh Bhushan here on Wednesday. There are several components which contribute towards making quality improvement in schools and classrooms. To make primary education more simple, interesting and interactive, the state government has launched Unicef-devised Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) in various schools of the state. “Under LEP, we have prepared classroom transaction manuals for teachers in each subject. It basically focuses on involving children in the teaching process through activity instead of learning by rot. The manual also encourages children to ask questions and relate the subject to his or her surroundings or environment,” said the BEP director.

“Secondly, in LEP, there is a move to involve community, which will demand quality in education. Teachers have been directed to make baseline, middle line and end line of each student through which they will be able to maintain subjectwise growth profile of each student. Parents will be informed at regular intervals about the progress or lack of improvement in their wards,” added Bhusan.

Jointly funded by the state and Central governments, the LEP has already been implemented in160 schools across six districts of Bhagalpur, Vaishali, Purnia, Banka, Samastipur and Gaya as a pilot project. “The one-year programme will be extended to other schools in a phased manner and will become a permanent feature to ensure quality of education,” said Bhusan.

Parents can also register their complaints with block education officers and district superintendents of education. “Thus, it’s not merely regular attendance of teachers, but also their teaching abilities that will be under the scanner of the parents,” said the BEP director.

LEP, said Bhushan, will work twoway. On the one hand, it will enable teachers to focus on each student in a classroom and on the other hand it will involve parents to keep pressure on teachers to ensure quality. Teaching each subject right from English to mathematics has now been simplified with the help of transaction manuals, he said.”

The one-year programme will be extended to other schools in a phased manner and will become a permanent feature to ensure quality of education,” said Bhusan.

Source:The Times of India

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