Government plans to formulate ‘national standards’ for schools’ performance

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The government is planning to formulate ‘national standards’ for schools’ performance with the aim to keep the students and parents informed about various activities of the schools. The initiative will help in highlighting the schools which are performing well and which are not. This will help the parents take a well informed decision. The move becomes significant in light of reports which suggest that learning outcome is still far from satisfactory in both primary and upper primary classes.
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and UNICEF had organized a convention to evaluate the progress of RTE after three years and the performance of the states especially after the three year deadline to implement the infrastructure requirement that came to an end on March 31, 2013. Speaking at the convention, senior HRD Ministry official Brinda Swarup said that though a lot has been achieved in meeting the RTE parameters, much more grounds need to be covered. As against the target of 19.82 lakh teachers, 14.80 lakh have been recruited as of September 30, 2013.

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