• The Ministry of Human Resource Development has introduced a 70-point grading index to assess the quality of school education offered by states.
• “We have decided that a state performance grading will be done wherein the states will be marked out of 1,000 scores on 70 parameters,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
• This will give the correct picture of where every state stands. There will be a fair competition to improve each other’s performances, he said.
• The ministry has also decided to print more books of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) as it said there were only 2 crore books two years ago.
Key highlights of this move
• The Niti Aayog which was earlier developing its own School Education Quality Index, will be using 33 of the 70 criteria under the PGI for their own assessments.
• The move is in keeping with the government’s overall thrust on quality improvement, teacher training and learning outputs.
• The Index apart, the NCERT is helping the HRD ministry set up a Central institute of Assessment to strengthen Continuous and Comprehensive Education and handhold states in ensuring customised teacher training and work on pedagogical improvements.
• The Mission to equip every school with a Digital Board is also on full throttle to reach e learning material in various languages to schools.
• Meanwhile, the ministry is also readying plans to launch a four year integrated Bachleors in Education (Bed) course next year.
• This will be an integrated course to prepare teachers holistically for teaching from Class 1 to Class 10 level.
• This course will have a strong focus on internship and be launched with teacher training institutes under Central Universities and state universities besides private institutes that opt to go for it.
• The idea is as much to create a pool of well equipped teachers for the schooling system as to create a parity between teachers of all grades.
• The course structure will ensure modern pedagogical tools, e-learning material and global best practices.
Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development & management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources
Prelims level: 70 Point Grading Index
Mains level: Schooling Reforms