Friday, March 7, 2014

Revaluation of data in Zilla Parishad school begins

AURANGABAD: The primary education department of the Zilla Parishad (ZP) has initiated checking and revaluating of data furnished by the schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act norms. It has set up 128 squads for checking the purpose and another 30 squads for cross-checking the data.

The aim of the initiative is to see if the schools are submitting false data or exaggerated information.

"On Monday, a meeting was convened between teachers, headmasters, centre chiefs, block development officers and education officials in this regard and the drive was initiated on Tuesday," said Nitin Upasni, education officer, ZP (primary).

Upasni said the teachers would check if the ZP schools in the division comply with RTE norms. "The main focus of the teams will be to check pending construction work assigned for the academic year 2012-13. Many of the works were initiated after the RTE norms were strictly implemented last year, but it is necessary to know if the works have reached completion," Upasni said.

He further said the teams would check if the schools have properly implemented their policies of providing uniforms, notebooks, textbooks, attendance records and fulfilled other criteria like expenditure and construction of ramps.

The construction work of additional classrooms in some schools has been pending since 2002-03.

Besides, separate toilets for boys and girls, independent kitchen shed and electrification are among other parameters which will be taken into account during the drive. "Last year, the department allowed schools, which had fulfilled at least 10 norms, to function. However, this time it would be strictly checked if the schools fulfill all the 15 norms mentioned under the Unified District Information System of Education (UDISE)," Upasni said.

The UDISE requires data such as number of schools, enrollment and teachers. The data is classified on the basis of the categories of schools and their management across the country. All the information is available online. Upasni said that about 93% of the funds have been utilized by the government on the development of schools.

Talking about the decision of the Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High court to de-recognise schools with attendance record of less than 50%, the education officer said notice in this regard would be displayed on its websites. It would be ensured that no admission process is conducted in these schools, he said.

Upasni added that the schools which have admitted students as per the 25% reservation system under RTE would be reimbursed soon.

The education department would start revaluating private schools next week.

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