Shillong, March 11: A two- day seminar on the issues, concerns and challenges in the implementation of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) will be held from tomorrow at Umiam.
The RMSA was launched in March 2009 with the objective of enhancing access to secondary education, and to improve its quality.
The seminar is being organised by the North East Regional Institute of Education, which is a constituent unit of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Meghalaya governor R.S. Mooshahary will inaugurate the seminar at 3.30pm tomorrow. The seminar proposes to understand the concerns and challenges in implementing RMSA in the region and also to come out with concrete recommendations through common sharing and consensus for its speedy and effective implementation.
The RMSA aims to ensure that all secondary schools have physical facilities, staff and supplies as per the prescribed standards through financial support in case of government/local body and government-aided schools, and appropriate regulatory mechanism in the case of other schools.
It aims to improve access to secondary schooling to all young people through proximate location; to ensure that no child is deprived of satisfactory secondary education due to gender and socio-economic reasons, disability and other barriers. It also aims to improve the quality of secondary education resulting in better intellectual, social and cultural learning of students.
In the Eleventh Plan, 9,636 new schools were sanctioned across the country, of which 7,297 became functional as on June 2012. In the same plan period, 55,964 additional teachers were approved, of which 9,569 were appointed.