Initiative to improve secondary education management launched in Bihar

Data experts and planners from Bihar’s education department will be part of an exercise that will transform secondary education nationwide.

The Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan Technical Cooperation Agency (RMSA-TCA) aimed at bringing qualitative improvement to Secondary Education throughout the country, interacted with educational experts on Tuesday, unveiling an Annual Plan and Implementation strategy that would result in improved and accurate data that would impact national policy.

The RMSCA scheme, initiated in 2009, aims to increase the enrolment rate to 75% at the secondary school level within five years. It is a partnership between DFID, MHRD, and the local state government.  Following the implementation of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan that extended qualitative elementary education for all children throughout the state, the RMSA Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan  (National Secondary Education Campaign)supported by RMSA-TCA, the technical cooperation Agency, also aims to improve the quality of secondary education. “The idea is to make all secondary schools in India conform to a set of standards, to remove the barriers of  gender, socio-economic bias and disability, and to provide universal access to secondary level education by 2017,” says says
Mukhdev Singh, State Programme Officer, RMSA.

The RMSA-TCA office has been set up in Bihar which will focus on capacity building for two main thematic areas: data management and use and Results-focused planning. TCA works at every level in the secondary education system – school, district, state and national in collaboration with institutions such as MHRD-TSG, NCERT, NUEPA, State government departments and state institutions.

“Bihar state has a fairly well developed system of data collection in the educational sector. Now, a task force in Bihar will turn its attention to how accurately this data can be obtained from the districts. Three teams, one each for Data, Planning, and Financial Management will focus on specific districts, observing, recording, and innovating. The experiences gained and best practices obtained will then be replicated at a national level,” said Ravishankar Singh, State Programme Officer, SSA.

The exercise will ensure that grassroots level needs and realities are reflected accurately in National Education Policies, and this in turn will build up a secondary school system in tune with India’s  young people, the  true drivers of India’s rapid growth and development.

[Intern report based on press note]

 

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