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Bharathidasan varsity to study SSA impact

R. Krishnamoorthy

Findings to be used to enhance computer literacy level

TIRUCHI: Close on the heels of Bharathidasan University's School Linkage Cell undertaking an assessment programme for accrediting schools, the Education department has expanded the linkage further by entrusting three projects with two university departments for research-oriented determination of the impact of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), being implemented over the past three years.

The Education department has readied a proposal for undertaking `Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring' through the university's Centre for Women's Studies, and the Department of Educational Technology. The department will fund the expenditure incurred by research scholars for conducting a study and compiling reports on gender-parity at school-level in interior rural pockets, and analysing the impact of the SC/ST coaching programmes, being implemented under SSA, in Uppilliapuram, Thuraiyur, and Marungapuri blocks.

Likewise, the Education department has sought the expertise of the university's Department of Educational Technology for assessing the efficacy of Computer Aided Learning (CAL) Centres, started this academic year, in all the blocks to make elementary school children conversant with basic computer operations.

The Education department provides CDs to these centres, where Block Resource Teachers act as faculty. The Education department hopes to utilise the findings of the study to enhance the scope of the initiative for computer literacy further.

The objectives of the linkage, according to the Chief Educational Officer, Bhaskara Sethupathi, are to promote a culture of research and evaluation at grassroot level to help and design a useful programme, and to help teachers identify locale specific problems and undertake in-depth studies to find appropriate solutions. The Education department, banking on reliability of the data has plans to make course corrections wherever necessary while implementing SSA in the district.

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