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Dispur move to grade schools

Jorhat, Nov. 25: Dispur has tied up with the Quality Council of India to launch a pilot project in the state to grade schools by giving accreditation to different categories on the basis of their performance.

A source said recently a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with the council to prepare a model of methodology to be adopted to start the project.

Assam Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (Assam) director J. Balaji, who has recently assumed charge, told The Telegraph today that the work was in progress to evolve the model for giving accreditation to the schools.

Balaji said the council has been given the job of preparing the model, as it was the premier national agency that had prepared the model for assessing all affiliated schools under the CBSE.

“The initiative is part of the government’s effort to raise the standard of education by various interventions,” Balaji said.

He said once the model was ready, it would be discussed with education experts of the state at length and the final mechanism would be evolved to start the project.

All vital parameters and indicators are needed to finalise the different categories and their numbers, under which schools will be given accreditation.

Initially, about 300 schools — from primary to higher secondary level — from across the state will be selected. Balaji said the period of time to be fixed for assessment and the number of categories will be finalised during the discussions.

The mission director said the schools selected for accreditation would have to be informed on the model — the indicators by which the assessment would be done. He said within the next six months the work of accrediting the schools is expected to begin if things move smoothly.

Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier announced that the government had decided to introduce gradation of schools on the lines of National Assessment and Accreditation Council, which does the same for colleges.

Sarma had said schools would be categorised under several categories and those receiving the top two grades would be awarded by Dispur. Schools getting the lowest grade would be asked to improve, while schools failing to receive any grades will face censure, the minister had said.

The Jorhat District Board of Secondary Education (district unit of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan) has decided to organise a series of seminars to create awareness on the possible indicators needed for accreditation of schools.

Inspector of schools (Jorhat) Kamal Jyoti Gogoi said the DBSE meeting held on Friday here decided to organise seminars to sensitise the schools about accreditation and steps to be adopted to maintain the possible criteria for future assessment.