Jammu: Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta Monday chaired a meeting to review the implementation of the centrally-sponsored, Samagra Shikshain Jammu and Kashmir scheme.
During the meeting, it was informed that though the educational indicators in J&K had shown improvement over the past two years, there was still considerable ground to cover to come up to the national benchmarks.
Giving details, Administrative Secretary of the School Education Department said that the gross enrolment ratio in the primary and upper primary levels had increased from 79.93 and 68.06 in the year 2019-20 to 93.16 and 72.77 in the year 2020-21.
Reviewing the educational indicators in J&K, the Chief Secretary said that there was a very significant drop in the gross enrolment ratio and net enrolment ratio from primary to upper primary level.
“Every fifth student seems to be dropping out at the time of moving from primary to upper primary school. This calls for a concerted action from the department to arrest this trend,” he said.
The chief secretary advised the department to rope in panchayats in the monitoring of the primary schools and institute a mechanism of obtaining monthly reports on the performance of the schools, besides seeking feedback from the students about their experience of teaching in the classes.
Mehta directed the department to prepare a framework for assessing the competency of the teachers based on the achievement of learning outcomes by the students during the year so that capacity building of teachers, wherever necessary, is also made a part of overall focused policy action in the education sector.
Directing the department to take steps to increase the enrolment ratio in the schools, he advised the department that increase in drop out ratio beyond an acceptable level in a given school should be made an area of responsibility of the teachers in that school and accountability of the teachers fixed in case the enrolment declines below the acceptable level.
Stating that virtual and online teaching had been a great enabler during the Covid times, the chief secretary directed the Education department to explore the feasibility of building capacities towards virtual and online learning in all schools, besides emphasising that the department should also increase the sweep and spread of the vocational education in J&K.