Centre launches novel project to reward government schools

Centre launches novel project to reward government schools

To improve public perception of government schools and encourage them to do better, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) has called upon people and civil society to identify government schools doing commendable work.

NUPEA, which works under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development towards planning and management in education, has launched “1000 Schools Project” across the country to encourage government schools to perform better. “We have already received a number of entries. Since it is an ongoing process, we want more people to send their views. Over 80 per cent of children go to government schools and we want to identify those that are offering quality education,” said NUEPA vice chancellor R Govinde.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a state-level conference of Deputy Directors of Public Instruction and Block Education Officers here on Wednesday.
In addition to this, best practices adopted by education officers at district and block level while implementing any education policy will also be recognised and replicated at the national level.

This under the National Scheme on Innovations in Educational Administration. “Normally, we see only teachers and principals rewarded. Whereas educational officials at the grassroots levels implementing policies get left out. This scheme seeks to reward them for their efforts,” said NUEPA Department of Educational Administration Head K Sujatha who looks after the scheme.

States will be required to send nominations to NUEPA which will be evaluated. A maximum of eight nominations (six for block and two for district level officials) will be allowed. The winning innovations will be given awards and their practices documented so that their methods could be replicated by others.   

“The last date for sending nominations is January 31,” Sujatha said. Those interested can visit NUEPA website for details or send entries to 1000schoolsproject@nuepa.org.
Asked about the State’s participation in the two schemes launched by NUEPA, Commissioner for the Department of Public Instruction Mohammed Mohsin said: “We will definitely encourage and publicise “1000 schools programme” so that people are aware and send their opinions.

Regarding nominations for recognising block and district-level officials are concerned, the department will do it soon.”     
  
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar told reporters that whatever mistakes were made and problems that cropped up last year during the admission process of seats under RTE quota will be rectified this year. He was answering questions relating to a large number of seats under 25 per cent quota of RTE going vacant last year.

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