Department to look into the quality of government schooling
by Y S Ashwini
Bangalore, August 12, 2006
The Education Department, which lunged into the Karnataka
Learning Programme as part of the Karnataka Schools
for Quality Education campaign, seems quite serious
about improving the quality of education in the State.
Come August 18, a meeting of parents of students studying
in government schools, with teachers, nodal officers
and various department heads in each school will be
conducted all across the State.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Primary and Secondary Education
Secretary Vijay Bhaskar said, details pertaining to
reasons behind poor performance by schools and steps
that need to be initiated in this regard would be discussed.
The meet is being organised under the 'Samudayadatta
Shale' concept, where parameters will be prescribed
to achieve goals fixed during the meet. He said, the
quality measured by the Karnataka School Quality Assessment
(KSQAO) in government schools registered a success rate
of just 48 per cent in higher standards of 5 - 7. The
KSQAO studies conducted in 2005 also indicates that
only 50 per cent of the students in the State match
the required learning levels.
"The learning levels in Standard VII in the State
is much lower than the prescribed national levels,"
he said, adding that programmes had been chalked out
under the campaign, where remedial teaching and teacher
training modules formed the highlight.
Stating that the Department had linked with Akshara
Foundation in 2000, Mr Bhaskar said, the technique being
adopted under KLP, a brainchild of the Foundation, had
been accepted by the Department because of its scientific
"We initiated the programme in Bangalore Urban
district this July, only because the pilot project conducted
by the Foundation emerged successful. Of the 1.83 lakh
students assessed, 75,000 students in 1,411 government
schools in the City figure under the KLP," he said.
the Department was confident of the success of the programme
in the City, which would act as a signal for it to further
it in other government schools in the State. The Department
also hopes to promote KLP as a model for government
"Cost of the reading material are being borne by
the Foundation, while the department has spent Rs 3
lakh on a one-day training programme for teachers,"
he added. He said the assessment of the growth pattern,
if any, was constantly being monitored by the Foundation
and the Department.
- Science labs and museums to be
set up in all districts of the State; Rs 2.12 crore
set aside for 270 labs and 27 museums.
- Toilets in all government schools by March 2007
under Total Sanitation Campaign at Rs 70 crore
- Rain water harvesting in 20,000 schools to solve
water crisis in districts
- 2,463 libraries at Gram Panchayat level