EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, June 17, 2003, Chandigarh, India
 
School education in Punjab restructured
V.P. Prabhakar
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large number of schools, especially primary schools in rural areas, are found locked as there is no accountability. In many schools the attendance of teachers is irregular. Many a time students are made to go back home as the teachers do not turn up.
 





 

School education in Punjab restructured
V.P. Prabhakar

A large number of schools, especially primary schools in rural areas, are found locked as there is no accountability. In many schools the attendance of teachers is irregular. Many a time students are made to go back home as the teachers do not turn up. These revelations are those by the "Jan Sampark Abhiyan" launched by the Punjab Education Department some time back. In this exercise, all gazetted officers — the Principal Secretary (Education), District Education Officers, Block Education Officers — participated under the directions of the state government.

It was realised that a large number of schools, especially primary, in rural areas of the state were without headmasters, proper buildings, drinking water facility, toilets, playgrounds and proper electricity.

According to the Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behl, a sum of Rs 129 crore would be released for the betterment of rural schools. Information is being collected from all schools about their building conditions, furniture and other infrastructure.

It was found that about 5,000 teachers had got themselves transferred to urban areas from rural postings. This resulted in imbalance in the system. The urban schools were found overstaffed and rural schools understaffed.

Most of these transfers took place under political pressure and, of course, some with "contacts". Now the department is trying to undo this but it is yet to be seen how the department is able to withstand political pressure, especially from its own partymen.

According to an official, there are 19,488 schools in the state. Of these 16,924 (86.84 per cent) are located in rural areas. 11,731 are primary, 2291 middle and 2902 high/senior secondary schools.

On an average, one primary school serves a radius of 1.1 km in rural areas as compared to 0.7 km in urban areas. Similarly, a middle school serves a radius of 2.6 km in rural areas against 1.7 km in urban areas. In the case of secondary education, one school serves a radius of 2.3 km in rural areas while it is 0.8 km in urban areas.

There are 1.35 lakh sanctioned posts of teachers in the state out of which 15,000 posts are lying vacant. Coupled with this are 5000 teachers who were working in urban areas but their posts actually fall in rural areas.

While 70 per cent students in primary and middle are in rural areas, this position is almost reversed in high and secondary schools. One of the reasons is the drop-out ratio is much more in rural areas after the middle level.

The services of primary teachers are not being utilised to the maximum. Although primary teachers are capable of teaching up to middle classes, their talent is not utilised as they are not to move to an another school (that is middle) for this purpose.

So far no final decision has been taken about the introduction of English subject in schools. The previous government had introduced teaching of English from Class I in the state. However the Chief Minister now and the Education Minister have different views on this subject. While the minister wants that English should be introduced from Class III, the Chief Minister wants it to be from Class I.

Meanwhile, oral English is being taught in Classes I and II.

The Governor has accorded sanction for setting up of an elementary Directorate. The notification, which was issued on April 1, 2003, was published in the gazette of May 2, 2003.

The present system of school education is divided into four levels — primary(class I-V), middle (VI-VIII class,), high class IX-X) and senior secondary.

The four-tier school education is now being restructured into two levels, — elementary and secondary level. The former will consist of class I-VIII and the latter class IX-XII.

The Directorate of Primary Education will, henceforth, be called Directorate of Elementary Education. The Directorate of School Education will be called Directorate of Secondary Education. Similarly, there will be Director of Public Instructions (Secondary Education) and the Director of Public Instructions (Elementary Education).

All primary and middle schools under the control of the Punjab Government will now be called Government Elementary Schools. All high and senior secondary schools of Government will be called government secondary schools. However, the nomenclature and functions of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and the wings working under it will remain the same.

Now, Director-General of School Education (DGSE) will be posted in the department of school education. He will be overall in charge of the work of the Directors (Elementary and School Education) and Director, SCERT.

All existing primary and middle schools operating from the same building will merge into a single elementary school, staff of both will be merged and their work-load re-distributed. All primary and middle schools operating in a village within a kilometre of each other will also merge into a single elementary school. Eventually, they will be moved into one premises.

All high schools will be redesignated as secondary schools but their secondary sections will start when at least 20 students are available.

The recommendation to start middle section in primary schools and senior secondary section in high school will be done jointly by the educational development committee of the school, parents-teachers association and schoolheads jointly. If any class is to be abolished, then too a similar recommendation will be needed. The decision to start Class VI in any elementary school will be taken by the district education officer concerned with the concurrence of the DPI (Elementary Education) while the decision to start Class XI in secondary schools will be taken by the DPI (Secondary Education).

Besides, the teaching cadre of primary schools, JBT teachers and all C&V teachers will become part of the Directorate of Elementary Education. The Block Education Officer will be competent to inspect/visit all elementary schools in the educational block.

Secondary schools will remain under the control of headmaster/principal as at present. Senior most teacher (master cadre) in elementary school will work as headmaster of the elementary school. Headteachers and centre headteachers working in primary schools will continue to work as present, except now they will work under the composite elementary school and under the control of headmaster of an elementary school.

Mr Jaswinder Singh Brar of the Centre for Research in Economic Change, Punjabi University, Patiala, in his study "Punjab’s Educational Progress, and Educational Expenditure (1967-68 to 1993-94) had pointed out in October 1999.

The education system in Punjab is not well integrated. The proliferation of multiple schooling with different affiliations has played havoc with the education system. The influential sections have withdrawn their children from government schools, both in the rural and urban areas.

The education system has become an instrument of social stratification, rather than that of cohesiveness. The upgradation of government schools due to political considerations without providing the matching facilities has disturbed equilibrium. The urban schools are overstaffed.

The practice of transfer of persons along with the post from rural areas has made these schools dysfunctional. The separating of Primary Directorate from High School Directorate has proved to be counter-productive. The inspection and monitoring system is absolutely non-functional. The concept of elementary education has been distorted and is confused with primary education.

A technical body must be involved to assess the learning achievement of students from time to time. The primary-level directorate must be replaced by the Elementary Directorate.

There is a need to draft a sound recruitment, promotion and transfer policy with strict adherence. A multi-dimensional action is required in order to make the education as an engine of growth. VP

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