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Good academic practices to be replicated in low performing schools in Haryana

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Chandigarh, September 7 – Haryana School Education Department has issued guidelines to conduct school inspections so as to replicate good academic practices in low performing schools and bring such schools on track.
A spokesman of Education Department said that priority for inspecting schools should be based on their academic performance. Lowest performing schools should be on highest priority for inspection because such schools need immediate remedial measures.
He said that inspecting officers should not spend time by making repeated inspections in high performing schools or some particular schools. This is necessary to maximize the coverage of schools for academic inspection purpose. The officer can use the Academic Monitoring System (AMS) portal to check if a school has already been inspected by any other officer. He said that if any school is identified with critical issues in the initial inspection which need attention of higher officials, such issues should be attended on priority basis.
The spokesman said that to help officers identify low performing schools, the Department had created a priority list of low performing schools for each block based on March 2016 assessment test and Class X Board examination results. A mix of elementary and secondary schools which have not so far been visited in academic year 2016-17 has been prioritized.
He said that the district level officers would have to conduct inspections in at least four visits per month whereas block level officers would have to conduct inspections in at least eight visits per month. Officers can also make additional visits beyond mandated amount of visits to schools. All the officers have been strictly directed to inspect schools in the order specified in the priority list, from September to November. Inspection of schools outside the priority list would not be counted towards the mandated number of visits, he added.
He said that instructions to this effect have been issued to all District Education Officers, District Elementary Education Officers, Deputy District Education Officers, Block Education Officers and Block Elementary Education Officers in the state.

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