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Students helpline in Orissa a huge hit

Following is from The Telegraph:

Bhubaneswar, Oct. 29: The telephone hasn’t stopped ringing at the state school and mass education departments’ grievance cell, where the recently launched students helpline has received a staggering 285 calls in just one week.

This makes it about 40-odd complaints a day from students and their wards across the state.

While the figures are a clear indication of the mounting dissatisfaction among students and their parents, one cannot rule out the increasing popularity of the helpline among the student community.

Students have been making calls to register their grievances from across the state on various issues concerning them.

While majority of calls are regarding teacher absenteeism, students have been complaining about shortage of teachers, non-availability of books and private coaching too.

Among other major complaints are the dismal condition of school buildings, non-availability of uniforms, mid day meals and quality of teaching.

There have also been queries on scholarships and stipends.

However no cases of sexual harassment has been reported yet although the department has put a women staff in place receive such calls so that girl students feel comfortable about making complaints regarding sexual abuse.

Both students and their parents have been making calls, officials handling the helpline said.

“The complaints were being duly registered and fed in computers.

Field staff was contacted on a daily basis.

“Some complaints have also been discussed in a recent review meeting,” said an official, adding that the next review meeting is to be scheduled on November 6.

The department launched the toll free number, 1800 345 6722, and an email help line schoolstudenthelplinesme@gmail.com on October 19.

The aim was to provide direct access to students going through mental, physical or sexual harassment at schools or hostels could directly air their grievances before the government.

At the time of the launch of the helpline, secretary of the school and mass education department, Aparajita Sarangi had said that the number and email address of the helpline should be put up in prominent places in both public and private schools so that students could get familiar with them.

The toll-free number remains open from 8 am to 8 pm on all working days.

October 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm 1 comment

School education of Balangir district at the crossroads

Following report is from expressbuzz.com:

BALANGIR: Even as the district receives Rs 50 crore aid from the Central Government for development of education every year, there are 2,500 teacher posts lying vacant here.

The state of school education here has come to such a pass that many upper primary schools have one teacher for seven classes. The worst-hit are Gudvela and Deogaon blocks.

Resenting the government apathy towards education in 34 schools under Gudvela block of Balangir district, villagers of three panchayats along with the students had already staged several agitations in the last two years.

However, precious little has been done so far to address the problems.

Helpless, District Project Coordinator (DPC) Abhimanyu Behera said he was not the authority to recruit teachers. “We cannot do much except make temporary arrangements,” said the DPC.

In these areas, the DPC appointed local youths as education volunteers to impart education to children with a stipend of Rs 500 a month.

But these youths gradually lost interest due to paltry pay.

Behera said in Gudvela block, even regular government teachers do not attend the school because of the river Rahul which separates 32 villages from the mainstream causing communication problem.

Sources said owing to the river, education of 1,600 students is being affected. There are only seven regular teachers for 34 primary schools here.

The situation in Deogaon block is not any better. Here many schools have been functioning without teachers and school buildings.

Schools in Khairguda, Luhakhan, Matupali and Ghatul are also a picture of neglect.

Laxman Meher, vice-president of District Congress Committee (DCC), said that the district is at present, reeling under acute staff shortage and no official is sensitive to this problem. “While the district currently requires 8,730 teachers, it has only 6,228 teachers including sikshya sahayaks, gana sikshaks and regular ones for 2,245 schools in the district,” said Meher.

September 11, 2010 at 8:19 pm 1 comment

Orissa to start high-tech coaching progammes for tribal students

Following is a report by IANS published in http://www.indiatalkies.com:

Bhubaneswar, Sep 5 – Orissa, which has the second highest tribal population in the country, will start high-tech coaching progammes from next month exclusively for its tribal students to help them compete in tough competitive examinations.The state government plans to enroll about 1,000-1,500 students of Class 10 and 11 from 19 state-run tribal schools located in the interior areas for the programme. Sanjeev K. Chadha, director of the state Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Welfare Department, said tribal students who are not enrolled in tribal schools would also be given the training later.

‘Two special classrooms would be set up in government-run higher secondary tribal schools as most of the schools are primarily residential. The schools will be equipped with computers, projectors and liquid crystal display (LCD) boards,’ Chadha told IANS.

Students will be provided around 300 hours of coaching by high-quality teachers and instructors, physically or through online and video conferencing. The programme will cost about Rs.3 crore every year, Chadha said, adding that the coaching sessions will include in-depth coverage of all the concepts of physics, chemistry and mathematics.

The project will help students to look beyond industrial training institutes and encourage them to appear in competitive examinations.

The students would be prepared for examinations like the All India Engineering Entrance Examination, (AIEEE), Orissa Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) and the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), he said.

‘We have already issued a tender to find out a good engineering coaching institute that would provide us the study material. We are likely to finalise this within the next few days,’ he said.

‘Since the Classes 10 and 11 are located mostly in interior areas and primarily residential, satellite technology will be used to train the students,’ said Chadha.

Orissa has the second biggest tribal population in the country. The state has a population of over 36 million, of which more than eight million are tribals, according to the 2001 census. The Scheduled Tribe population is 22.13 percent of the state’s total population.

The percentage of literacy among the Scheduled Tribes is 37.37 against the general literacy level of 63.8 percent . When it comes to functional literacy, the percentage is even lower.

The SC/ST Welfare Department will identify students who have the necessary academic background and basic ideas of Class 10-level physics, chemistry and mathematics, he said.

The department will assess the instructors for each school, a minimum of one instructor each for physics, chemistry and mathematics, he said.

The instructors will be assessed for their ability to facilitate classroom coaching and clear the doubts of students on the subjects, he said.

 (Jatindra Dash can be contacted at jatindra.d@ians.in)  

September 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm 1 comment

Help line for school students soon: A report from the Samaj

September 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

Pathetic state of primary education in Boudh district of Orissa

Following is a report from Oriya daily the Samaj:

August 31, 2010 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Shortage of text books in Orissa

Following report is from the Telegraph:

Bhubaneswar July 27: The non-availability of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks under CBSE curriculum in major bookstores of the twin cities has posed a major problem for students and parents.

It’s almost a month since schools reopened after summer vacations and students still continue to hunt for their textbooks.

“We have been functioning without many text books for over a month now. Some of us have manage to get the books from our seniors and some others get it from those selling old books,” said Binay Routray, a student of ODM Public School.

Himanshu Pati, the owner of Sagar Book Stores, said: “We were informed in March that this year we would not be facing any problems but we are still waiting for the arrival of the books.”

“For the last one month, I have been hitting stores for a geography book for my son who studies in Class VI. I was assured that it would be available soon,” said Pratap Sahoo, a parent.

NCERT books are preferred for their simplified text and cheap price.

“There is a shortage of many books but our students manage either by taking notes from other books available in our library or from photocopies,” said Bijay Kumar Nayak, headmaster of Venketeswar School.

“The concerned authorities who are to ensure the availability of textbooks in the market have requested school teachers not to force the children to get them at their earliest,” added Sahoo.

Fortunately, online textbooks for different classes are easily available and many students prefer downloading them.

“The problem lies in the demand-supply gap and also in the delay in arrival of the books to the school. Many of our students download the books in case they are not available,” said A Mishra, headmaster of DM School.

August 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

New Kendriya Vidyalayas to be opened in Subarnapur, Deogarh and Sundargarh district

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

In an effort to impart its quality education in different parts of the State, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on Monday announced to open 11 new Kendriya Vidyalayas in different places from this academic session. These Vidyalayas would begin running with five classes from I to V.

This was announced by Assistant Commissioner E Prabhakar in a Press Conference. He informed that one school each in Kutra in Sundargarh district, in Cuttack city, in Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district, in Mayurbhanj town, in Sonepur, in Deogarh, in Jajpur, in Digapahandi of Ganjam District, in Aska of Ganjam district, in Nuapada, in CISF in Cuttack district. Besides, another Kendriya Vidyalaya would be opened in Sahibganj in Jharkhand under Bhubaneswar region, Prabhakar said.

Prabhakar further informed that the new schools would be made operational within a week and will run from class I to V. Sale of forms for admissions to all the classes will be started soon. A separate paper notification will be made by the Regional Office and individual schools to this effect, he said.

In his address Prabhakar said Kendriya Vidyalaya will now be reaching to the nook and corners of all focused areas of Odisha and Jharkhand State. “It will definitely increase the impetus of quality education in these areas,” he asserted.

July 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm 1 comment

IL&FS keen to open schools in the undivided Koraput, Balangir and Kalahandi districts

Following is a report from http://orissadiary.com: (Thanks to Kalahandia for sharing this news)

Bhubaneswar: Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS), a leading finance firm has proposed to set up educational complexes in the undivided Koraput, Balangir and Kalahandi districts.

In this connection, a high-level delegation of IL&FS met chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here on Wednesday. The schools will be set up in line with Delhi Public School (DPS) on public private partnership (PPP) mode. The firm has proposed to set up at least 200 such schools in the KBK region.  The state government will take a decision on this very soon.

May 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Pratap Senior Secondary School of Alwar town, Rajasthan offer water and education to passersby to increase enrolment

Following is report by IANS (reported by Anil Sharma) published in http://www.thaindian.com:

Alwar (Rajasthan), April 17 (IANS) In a state parched for water and literacy, it’s a novel idea. The teachers of a government-run school in Alwar town offer to quench the thirst of passersby and then speak to them about enrolling their children.

The Pratap Senior Secondary School has opened a ‘piyao’ or water serving kiosk near the school premises where the teachers and other staff members, while offering water to passersby, inform them about educational and other facilities provided there.

School principal Chankya Lal Sharma, the man behind the idea, also sits at the kiosk to interact with people.

“This entire exercise is aimed at increasing enrolment in the school. We at present have only 52 students and my idea is to take the strength to at least 200 by the start of the next academic session,” Sharma told IANS.

During the ‘piyao counselling’ session, they inform people that the school, besides providing education, tries to get children involved in socially useful productive work (SUPW) and the National Cadet Corps (NCC).

They are also taken on educational tours and girl students are provided uniforms, cycles and course books free of cost, the school staff tell people.

The school also helps students coming from far away places to get bus passes. In the last academic session, the institute had a only 40 students and 28 staff members.

“We persuade people to bring a child even if he/she has failed in an examination or is not good in studies. We tell their parents that we would organise special classes for them,” Sharma said.

“We have a 100 percent result in this year’s Class 8 examination in spite of the fact that not all of our students were bright in studies,” he added.

Sharma said that from May 1, his colleagues would identify the school dropouts and try to link them with education.

“Every teacher has been asked to enrol at least 10 children,” he said. The school has 22 teachers.

“We are also planning to put banners like private schools do to attract students,” Sharma said.

As per the last census in 2001, Rajasthan’s literacy rate of 60.41 percent was lower than the national average of 64.84 percent.

And to make things worse, the high school dropout rate in Rajasthan is high; it has a 50 percent dropout rate from the primary to the upper primary stage and the percentage of out-of-school (OOS) children in the state has gone up from 6.9 percent to 8.21 percent in the recent past.

(Anil Sharma can be contacted at anil.s@ians.in)

April 17, 2010 at 7:28 am Leave a comment

All secondary schools in India to have an IT teacher, says Sibal

Following is a report by IANS published in http://www.thaindian.com:

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) All secondary schools in India will have a computer teacher each and the central government will bear the related expenses, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal said Thursday.
“We have now a policy. All schools will have an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) teacher. We will pay their salary, which is Rs.10,000 per month,” Sibal said to highlight the need for technology to better educational scenario in the country.

“We are open to any technology solution (provided by private sectors) but it should not be elitist. The real problem is in rural India and we must keep that in mind. I think, the private sector can collaborate with government and train these ICT teachers,” he said.

“Our focus is on giving every child an opportunity.”

Sibal also said that all states should chip in to improve education and make right to education a success.

“It is not about politics, it is about education… it’s about every single child. We need a system in place for quality education and quality teachers.”

The minister also said that India will be most educated country in the world by 2030 and it will be the key to provide intellectual capital to all countries.

“India in 2030 will be most educated in the world. The world must realize that future human capital will flow from India. They should make our population literate and take the benefit,” Sibal said in an event organized by computer giant HP and TV channel CNBC.

He also reiterated his point that his ministry is in touch with Nandan Nilekani, the chief of Unique Identity Authority for an UID for every single student.

“Nandan has told me that he will work with us.”

Sibal also stressed the need for an education finance corporation, which will help refinancing education with a long-term goal and provide education loans to all needy students.

March 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

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