A government resolution (GR) has been passed directing each district education officer (DEO) and district primary education officer (DPEO) to visit at least one government primary school every week. This resolution has been passed on the behest of Education Minister Bhupendra-Sinh Chudasama and is to be implemented with immediate effect from Monday.
“The initiative has been taken to improve the quality of primary education in government schools. The district education officers have to report to the department with the feedback on school’s performance as well as any problems being faced by students, staff or parents,” Chudasama said.
A monthly evaluation programme had been launched in September but has now been discarded. Instead district education heads will follow a weekly evaluation and monitoring programme. This comes ahead of the annual evaluation of government schools called Gunotsava.
During the visit, the officials will have to meet teachers, the School Management Committee (SMC) members and parents. They will be required to verify teachers’ attendance in the school, the feedback given by students on his teaching and infrastructural issues, if any.
After the visit, the officials have to submit a weekly “report card” of the school to the education department.
“The report cards have to be submitted through e-mail to the respective head of departments (HoDs). To start from coming week, the concerned officials have been asked to submit the feedback forms Friday-Saturday,” said M I Joshi, director, primary education.
A similar programme was launched in July 2014, but was discontinued soon after its launch.
Earlier this year, Sample Registration System-Baseline Survey 2014 reported that Gujarat ranks 20th among 21 States in girl’s education.
Amidst these reports, the State is taking initiatives to improve the quality of education in the State.