Elementary education 12th Plan thrust

Initiating the preparation of its 12th five year plan for 2012-17, the Planning Commission has constituting a working group on elementary education and literacy, and sought its members to evolve a policy for providing quality elementary education.

The Commission has asked the working group, to be headed by department of elementary education & literacy secretary Anshu Vaish,  review the exiting plan programmes in terms of “access, enrollment, retention, drop outs” with particular emphasis on outcomes on quality of education by “gender, social and regional classification’, sources said.

During 12th plan period, the Ministry of Human Resource Development wants to bring more effectiveness in its educational programmes addressing the needs of the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward class.

In this context, the Planning Commission has asked the working group to review the effectiveness of the existing programmes, addressing the needs of the members belonging to reserved categories, and suggest appropriate measures to improve them.

It has also asked the group to suggest measures for improvement in delivery mechanism for effective implementation of various schemes of the ministry under right to education Act besides their better harmonisation with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, mid-day meal scheme and various literacy programmes.

The Commission has asked the group to suggest measures for improvement and restructuring of its literacy programmes to secure “greater involvement of state governments”.

Effectiveness of ministers

The working group has also been tasked to review the effectiveness of ministry’s programmes addressing the minorities and girl’s education. The group has been asked to examine feasibility of introducing “alternative systems” for imparting quality education to the poor students.

 Early childhood care and education (ECCE) to all children in the age group of 4-6 is another important issue which the Ministry wants to concentrate on.

The Planning Commission has asked the working group to formulate an “operational strategy and action plan” for progressive universalisation of ECCE with high priority to disadvantaged regions including scheduled areas.

The group has also been asked to suggest “ways and means” to enhance effectiveness of school management, supervision and monitoring  to improve quality education.

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