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School data to guide policies

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Preliminary report to be submitted to the government by November 30


Panel to monitor implementation of project

District-level school data by December


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The preliminary report on the data collected from schools across the State, as part of a project undertaken by the General Education Department, will be submitted to the State government by November 30.

A statement by the State Institute of Educational Management and Training (SIEMAT), Kerala says preparation of district-level data reports, collated by the District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), will be completed by December.

The project, being jointly implemented by the Directorate of Public Instruction, SIEMAT, the IT@School Project and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), is intended to help the government plan and frame education policies; implement various educational schemes and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act; and assess the performance and activities of recognised schools in the State.

The project covers schools from the pre-primary to the higher secondary levels, including vocational higher secondary and fisheries schools, and the teachers' training institutions in government, aided and recognised unaided sectors. Under the project, heads of institutions have been asked to fill 19 pro forma on 10 categories — data on the school, staff, students, infrastructure, study materials, development activities, children with special needs, noon meal programme, scholarships and grants.

A committee chaired by the Director of Public Instruction monitors the implementation of the project at the State level. Separate monitoring committees have been formed at the district, sub-district and panchayat levels.

Panchayat-level committees have completed the process of verifying data collected from schools in their respective jurisdictions. At the district level, the SSA, DIET and the assistant education officers are verifying the data. The verified data will then be made available online. The IT@School Project has developed the software for online uploading and updating of the school-level data.

The comprehensive school-level data collection project will help prepare the basic database on the academics and infrastructure of all schools in the State. The school authorities can update any changes or developments by informing the respective assistant education officers. The public will be able to access the school-level data once the project is completed.

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