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Govt fails to regulate preprimary schools

Govt fails to regulate preprimary schools

TNN Jun 25, 2012, 01.09AM IST

PANAJI: The state government's efforts to bring preprimary schools operating in Goa under its control does not seem to have taken off for yet another academic year without the necessary legislation to regulateoperations of these playschools.
The directorate of education (DoE) called upon preprimary schools to register with it in June, 2010, and over the last two years, 300 of an estimated 700 preprimary schools, registered with the directorate.

The state council for educational research and training (SCERT) was to develop a syllabus involving the 'play-way' method to be implemented in the schools from the current academic year, so the schools could impart a uniform syllabus.
But the drive to regulate preprimary education seems to have ended with registration of the 300 schools as the Goa School Education Rules, 1986, do not have provisions that make it binding on them to implement a fee structure and syllabus or to provide for basic infrastructure recommended by the state government.
As the government does not provide financial assistance to the schools or has a syllabus ready for implementation, the schools have no motivationas well to register on their own with the DoE and allow the state to dictate terms.
The lack of control allows preprimary schools to operate from even dingy premises and to impart a syllabus which is inappropriate for early years of learning.
"There is no move so far to regulate preprimary education as of now during the current academic year," an official source said.
The Right of Child to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, makes it binding on states to provide free pre-school education to children from the age of three to 6 years.
The Act sees preprimary schooling as 'early childhood care and education' that prepares children for primary school.
Goa officials were to study a legislation of the Tamil Nadu government, which even provides the government the right to inspect preprimary schools from time-to-time and check their balance sheets.
But without any progress in the direction, the registration of preprimary schools has not served any purpose. As much as 26% of the enrolment in primary schools in urban areas of Goa and 13% in rural areas is enrolled in a preprimary school before entering Class I, according to the statistics of National University of Educational Planning and Evaluation (NUEPA) of the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry for the year 2009-10.

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