Significant drop in the gross enrollment rate
JAMMU, November 1: Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta today chaired a meeting to review the implementation of the centrally sponsored program Samagra Shiksha in Jammu and Kashmir.
The administrative secretary of the school education department, the directors of school education of the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir, the project director, Samagra Shiksha and other senior officials of the school education department participated in the meeting.
Looking at the educational indicators at J&K, Chief Secretary Dr Arun Mehta observed that there is a very significant drop in gross enrollment rate and net enrollment rate from primary to upper primary level.
“One in five students seems to drop out when moving from elementary to cycle two of elementary school. This calls for concerted action by the department to stop this trend, ”he added.
The chief secretary advised the department to rely on panchayats for monitoring primary schools and institute a mechanism for obtaining monthly reports on school performance, in addition to soliciting feedback from students on their experience. teaching in classrooms.
Dr Mehta asked the department to prepare a framework for assessing teacher competencies based on the achievement of learning outcomes by students during the year so that capacity building of teachers where appropriate as appropriate, is also part of a comprehensive policy action targeted in the education sector.
While asking the ministry to take action to increase the enrollment rate in schools, he advised the ministry that increasing the dropout rate beyond an acceptable level in a given school should become an area of focus. responsibility of the teachers of this school and the responsibility of the teachers fixed in the event that the number of registrations drops below the acceptable level.
Stating that virtual / online education was a great catalyst during the Covid era, the chief secretary asked the education department to explore the feasibility of building capacity towards virtual / online learning in all schools, in addition to stressing that the department should also increase the scanning and dissemination of vocational education in J&K.