Bidar district seems to be on the cusp of a revolution in the educational sector. Officials are pooling resources from Central and State government schemes to increase the level of reach and quality of education.
They start from streamlining the quality of the teaching-learning process in schools, rehabilitating dropouts, increasing access to higher education and creating vocational education opportunities.
“We are initiating small steps. Their impact will only be felt 10 years later,” said P.C. Jaffer, Deputy Commissioner.
Dr. Jaffer, who has a Ph.D. in Education from Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, has drawn up a comprehensive plan to address issues in the education sector. These include long-term and short-term interventions.
The process of identifying issues and addressing them will be taken up by a district-level agency consisting of government officials and citizens.
The short-term interventions include identifying problems in primary and secondary education. The first stage of conducting a baseline survey of the quality of teaching in government schools has been completed.
“This taught us that a lot of work needs to be done at the grassroots. We learnt that if we have to develop higher education, we need to strengthen the foundations of primary education,” Basava Kumar Patil, president of the Kalyan Karnataka Pratishtan Trust, a NGO working in the field of education, said.
Special night classes are being held for low performing schools. Resource persons from Central universities such as English and Foreign Languages University are being deputed to train teachers of 1,350 government primary schools. Resource persons from the Karnataka Vigyan Parishat have been requested to train teachers in science and mathematics.
“I have told Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that implementation of Article 371-J is meaningless without training our youth to make them competitive and employable,” N. Dharam Singh, MP, said.
“A long list of demands has been submitted to the Union and State governments to help us set up new institutions. The Chief Minister has promised me that the district will get more secondary schools, block institutes of teacher education, an ITI and girls hostels under Rashtriya Madhyamika Shiksha Abhiyan,” he said.
The demands include a new Kendriya Vidyalaya in the civil sector.
The present one serves only children of Air Force personnel.
A Community College to train SSLC and PUC drop outs in vocational skills, opening a Regional Centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University to strengthen correspondence education and opening a Residential Coaching academy for the IAS and other examinations. M. M. Pallam Raju, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, has promised that these demands would be met, the MP said.
“The government has been requested to provide facilities at the postgraduate centre of Gulbarga University at Halahalli near Bidar. This includes appointment of permanent teachers, more buildings, improvement of the library and extending career guidance to students. We have also asked for more government degree colleges with more courses, building and staff,” Mr. Singh added.
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