After SSA muddle, RMSA implementation also tardy

UPGRADED SCHOOLS SUFFER FOR WANT OF STAFF

Concern

AAQIB ASHRAF

Srinagar, Feb 7: After failing to effectively implement Government of India’s flagship scheme Sarava Shiksha Abhyan (SSA) at the elementary level, the state’s Education Department is now dallying on implementation of another centrally sponsored educational scheme, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shikhsha Abhiyan (RMSA) at the secondary level.
 Following the implementation of RMSA, from 2009 to 2012, 526 middle schools were upgraded to high school level in J&K (259 schools in Kashmir and 267 in Jammu) under the scheme but the posts in the upgraded schools are yet to be filled.
 According to official sources, the upgradation of schools has resulted in creation of 4700 vacancies including 526 posts of headmasters, 3132 posts of subject specific masters, 526 posts of junior assistants and 526 posts of lab assistants in the state.
 As per RMSA guidelines, each school  upgraded in 2010-11 will get 7 post-graduate subject specific masters while as each school upgraded in 2011-2012 will get 5 subject specific post graduate masters.
 The scheme was launched by the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in March 2009, in order to enhance access to secondary education and to improve its quality by upgrading both infrastructure and staff.
 According to provisions of the scheme, both the school and the staff of the upgraded schools should be elevated and for the purpose, center and state will provide funds in the ratio of 75:25.
 The official from the Education Department said that three years after the implementation of scheme in the state, most of the schools upgraded in the valley are without proper infrastructure and staff, which is taking a heavy toll in proper functioning of the upgraded schools. “Due to lack of necessary teaching staff, the students of these schools are the worst hit,” the official said.
 Meanwhile, Director RMSA, Hilal Ahmad Parray told Greater Kashmir that infrastructure in most of the upgraded schools has been improved while enhancement of staff has met some problems. “In upgraded schools of Jammu division, we have filled the vacant posts of headmasters while as in Kashmir because of some legal issues, it has been delayed,” said Hilal.
 He said recruitment for vacant posts of junior assistants and lab assistants will be made by Services Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB) soon.
 Director School Education Kashmir Muhammad Shafi Rather said that posts of Masters in the valley are being filled up. “We are also trying to fill up posts of headmasters in Kashmir in own pay and grade and will contact a legal expert to look into the stay that is still in place against the posting of headmasters,” said Rather. 

Lastupdate on : Thu, 7 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 7 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 8 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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