Education being one of the fundamental of Human Right, The Ministry of School Education believes in protection of this right and ensure that every child in Maharashtra exercises his right to education, without any exception
The primary mission of the Ministry of School Education is to reach out to all children of the state, stepping beyond the superficial socio-economic differences.
The Ministry of School Education is crystal clear in its approach and have explicitly stated that the core focus of all individuals of the education department is solely on the empowerment of the students and helping students of the state realise their educational dreams and all initiatives of the department have reflected this belief.
The Department aims at a multi-disciplinary approach that transcends the walls of the classroom, making an attempt for the holistic grooming of the students. The department primarily believes in the giving on the world that goes beyond ‘Bookish Knowledge’ and encourages practical applications in the students.
The Ministry of School Education believes in simultaneous focus on the progressive development both in urban and rural Maharashtra. The focus will be on the provision of educational means that are at par with global standards even in the most rural corners of the state. The provision of Educational Technology will give the students in rural areas an equal opportunity to realise their true potential.
First Day of School for Out-of-School Children
With the collaborative efforts of State’s Education Department and NGO’s, many out of school children were able to experience the enthusiasm of ‘First Day of School’. These children were enrolled in local school and were provided with books, uniforms and stationary items, helping them take their first steps towards a brighter future.
The Ministry of School Education, Government of Maharashtra initiated a state-wide initiative of scientific aptitude testing ‘Kalchachani 2016’ for student appearing for SSC exams. The initiative conducted in the month January of 2016, in various schools across the state, garnered positive reactions from Educators, Students and the Parents. The core aim of this aptitude test was correlating the aptitude and interest of the students, presenting them with career options that would aptly reflect their abilities. The test focused on the interest areas and intelligence parameters, discussing various career options that harnessed the strengths of the two stated variables.
Supplementary SSC Exam
The path breaking decision of conducting SSC supplementary exams for students who were unsuccessful in clearing their SSC exams continue to benefit the students in the academic year 2015-16. Out of 14,2968 students appearing for March 2016 SSC exam; 39,994 students were successful in clearing their exams in the second attempt through the supplementary exams and 24,311students were cleared for skill development program. With introduction of SSC supplementary exams, over 27% of the candidates appearing for the exams were able to resume their educational journey by securing admission in FYJC supplementary examination. With the provision of skill development coursework, students were able to enhance their potential and develop employable skills beyond the realms of academic purview.
Maharashtra set another record achievement with the launch of 'Kaushal Setu'- a skill development program for the student to excel in fields beyond academics. Taking our PM Narendra Modi ji's goal of 'Skilled India' ahead, this program will help eradicate the 'Failed' taboo, helping the students achieve their goals through the means of skilled based education. Students who are eligible for ‘Skill Development’ post the SSC supplementary exams gain a positive direction.
‘Failure’ Tag Eliminated
The Ministry of School Education stepped up to addressing the needs of the students and brought in initiatives to help reinforce a positive attitude towards education in the minds of the students. The Department opted to eliminate the stigma of ‘Failure’ and ensured that, moving forward, no SSC, HSC mark sheet will have the word ‘Failed’ printed on them. The students who were unsuccessful in clearing their exams were eligible for Supplementary exams, ATKT and Skill development program to help them continue their academic journey.
Issue of Heavy School Bags
Attending to the Parent’s complains of Heavy school bags of their wards, The department took a strong initiative to get to the root of this issue. Examining the weight of the school bags in various schools, the daily class schedule of the school and the physical attributes of the students. After through research, it was ordinate that the weight of the school bags should not exceed 10% of the student’s weight. Parents and Teachers were encouraged to support this initiative to ensure its success.
Balbharti’s annual expenditure is over Rs. 200 Crores on textbook printing. Keeping in mind the expenses and quality, The Ministry of School Education has decided to give preference to locals printing business to delegate the task of printing textbooks. The printing process will be streamlined via electronic medium and preference would be given to local entrepreneurs who provide an assurance of high quality and punctual output.
One click connectivity for schools
As a flagship venture for ‘Digital India’, The Ministry of School Education has undertaken a massive venture where One Lakh, 26 thousand schools will be connected via online portals thereby aiding streamlining of educational standards throughout the state.
Madarsa Education will be updated
To ensure unified educational growth of the students across the state, irrespective of the medium and mode of education, The Ministry of School Education has initiated introduction of Maths and Science in Madarsa along with traditional religious studies. This initiative was well received both by the students and religious leaders.
Moving away from the traditional patterns of syllabus setting, The Ministry of School Education has suggested some significant changes in the existing syllabus. Per the new changes, the syllabus committee will have high number of educators and experts who will draft the syllabus outline for the academic year. Furthermore, the department will also focus on seeking ways to increase student’s interest in subject like Math, Science and Languages.
3 Tests per year for Class 1-8
In order to improve the merit of the students in the schools across the state, The Ministry of School Education announced that 3 major tests will be conducted throughout the year for Class 1-8. The credibility and the ranking of the school will be determined by the performance of the students in these tests.