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Centre praises State’s initiatives on development of quality school education




 The Union Government has praised the initiatives of State government on development of education quality in State.

Union School Education & Literacy Secretary Anil Swarup today lauded the State government for its initiative and felt they need to be replicated in other states.

According to sources, during his discussion with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and School & Mass Education Secretary Ranjana Chopra on the innovative practices, he advised uploading them on the central web portal “Saala Darpan” so that other states can replicate them.

Speaking to media persons after meeting, Swarup said, “I am assessing all the school education programmes by visiting different states after taking over the charge. I am also reviewing the efforts executed with success for the development of school education in the states. I have discussed with the State government about widening scope of several good initiatives taken towards quality development of teachers’ training and education in Odisha”. The State government has started the process for quality development in the teachers’ training institutions on its own efforts and funds.

Meanwhile, the B.Ed seats have been raised to 3050 from 1500, Chief Secretary Padhi informed the Union secretary.

There is a shortage of science and mathematics teachers in the schools while the State government has considered the skill development courses as an important part of the school education, he said. He sought assistance from the Union School Education & Literacy department for strengthening the State’s efforts in this sector.

Chopra outlined the facts and data about 15 innovative practices initiated in the State, said sources.

The officials present at the meeting discussed about the innovative practices especially Odisha Model School, Ujjwal, seasonal hostels, residential hostels, special training for non-school students, minimum course level, creativity, self defense training, Baal-Jyoti, mid may meal, skill development programmes, student imitating system and school helpline number, the sources added.

If the states are given more freedom for selecting the trades under the Skill Development programme, it will yield better results, Chopra told Swarup.

      Sources said that over 63 lakh students are enrolled in 68,978 primary schools of the State.

Besides, around 9 lakh students are studying in private run schools, out of which around 4.5 lakh students are enrolled in the private schools situated under municipal corporations areas.

The student enrolment in the government schools has considerably increased due to quality of education and environment in the state-run schools.

At present, around 16 residential hostels are operating in the state, the officials said adding efforts are on to get the eye sight of students in the age group 0-14 years age tested under the Baal-Jyoti programme.

OPEPA Director and representatives from the Central schools, Navodaya schools, UNICEF, Aurovinda Teachers Training Institute and School & Mass Education officials were present during the discussion.






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