Shillong, March 15: Promotion of vocational education, teacher training, interventions in the curriculum, and inclusive education were some of the recommendations made at a regional seminar for the successful implementation of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.
The RMSA was launched in March 2009 with the objective of enhancing access to secondary education, and to improve its quality.
The implementation of the RMSA began from 2009-10 onwards.
The seminar, which concluded yesterday, was organised by the North East Regional Institute of Education, a constituent unit of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
Meghalaya governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary inaugurated the seminar.
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.
Inaugurating the seminar, Mooshahary, while highlighting that the programme was going to deal with youths who are in a crucial stage of their life as adolescents, exhorted the organisers and the participants to make concerted efforts to give quality education to the children and make them “employable”.
Stressing the need to provide better physical infrastructure according to the provisions of the RMSA, he stated that much would depend on the quality of teachers.
He, therefore, exhorted the teachers to update their knowledge and also provide value-based education.
Altogether 32 papers relating to various issues, concerns and challenges were presented by participants from across the country during the seminar.