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Saturday , March 18 , 2017

Govt drive to assess schools

Officials address the news conference in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, March 17: Altogether 256 external evaluators, including IAS, IPS, ACS, IFS officers and MLAs, will visit 12,445 schools of eight districts on the occasion of Gunotsav to assess the institutions.

Gunotsav, a four-day programme, organised by the department of elementary education, will be held from April 4. The scholastic and co-scholastic activities, infrastructure and community participation of a school will be evaluated.

The reading, writing and numeric test of students from Classes II to VIII will be conducted under the scholastic activities category. Students will also have to take science, social science and mathematics tests.

Programmes like art education, library, students' parliament, plantation, physical education, morning assembly, personal and social skills, celebration of national and international days will be evaluated under the co-scholastic activities.

Various other features such as availability of toilets, drinking-water facilities, classroom, electricity, hand-washing facility, computer, digital connectivity, midday meal, boundary wall and disaster management preparedness will be examined under the infrastructure category.

In this evaluation drive, the participation of school management committees in school activities, social audit, arranging summer camps, community activities, functionality of mothers' groups, students' parliament and Saturday clubs, status of hygiene and utilisation of grants will be scrutinised under the community-participation category.

"Each school will witness a two-day evaluation programme. On the first day, the teacher, who is appointed the liaison officer, will carry out students' scholastic tests. An evaluator will verify the results on the second day," said Khabir Ahmed, the school inspector of Kamrup (metro) district.

In this pilot project, schools from Barpeta, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Hailakandi, Kamrup (metro), West Karbi Anglong, Lakhimpur and Morigaon districts will be covered.

State education minister Himanta Biswas Sarma has asked all the teachers concerned to ensure 100 per cent attendance of students, management committee members and local residents to make the programme a success.

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