Monday, March 7, 2011

School Nurture Policy

Children are our future and our future depends upon the quality of education.
Haryana has 16,000 Government Primary and High schools catering to the educational needs of about 26 lakh children who are mostly from the low and middle strata of the society. We are committed to ensure free, compulsory and quality education for all children in the age group of 6-14 years.It is proposed to introduce a ‘School Nurturing Programme’ to link the nurturers and the needy schools for development as centers of excellence, to recognize the efforts of the nurturers and to streamline the process of linking up.

Teacher Awards – Revised Scheme in Haryana

Teacher Awards – Revised Scheme
The existing State Award Scheme was put up for comments on the department’s website. Many comments have been received. Most of them have suggested that there should be a rigorous screening process for selection of teachers for the teacher award which should not only test subject knowledge and general competency of the teacher but also child learning outcomes of the children being taught by the applicant teachers.
After going through the suggestions of various stakeholders, the department proposes the following procedure for selection of Teacher Awardees for both the State and National Awards:
Eligibility: The eligibility conditions shall be as follows:
a. Minimum years of service – 8 years
b. ACRs – last 5 years ACR should be Grade A or A+
c. Results - last five years results (whether Board or of school) should be more than 50% for each child in the classes taught by the teacher i.e. each child in a particular class should have scored more than 50% marks in internal or external exam.
d. Disciplinary proceedings should not be pending against the official.
Applications: All teaching personnel can apply online on the departmental website.
Screening tests:
1. Written exam for applicants – in GK and teaching Subject – to be conducted by Directorate of Secondary Education (Note: minimum cutoff shall be 75% marks in both subjects)
2. Class Room Teaching Evaluation of the applicants – by expert committee of the Directorate (Note: minimum cutoff shall be 75% marks)
3. Children’s Learning outcome evaluation – by Directorate concerned either directly or through third party (Note: This evaluation shall be done for only those teachers who qualify the above two evaluations i.e. written exam and class room teaching evaluation. Here it is expected that all the children in the classes taught by the applicant teacher should score >60%)
Final Selection: through an interview by State Level Awards Committee (at Directorate of Secondary Education).
Marking Scheme:
Total 450 marks
Written Exam = 200 marks (100 marks for each subject)
Classroom teaching evaluation = 100 marks
Children’s learning level evaluation = 100 marks+interview.

Ban on Holidays

It has been observed that the Deputy Commissioners declare holidays
in the schools on various accounts such as winter/fog etc. 'at their own level in the
capacity of District Magistrate without the consent of the department which
hampers the studies of the students. The circumstances in which holidays are to
be declared is a State level matter and this needs a common decision. The
holidays as observed in few of districts by order of Deputy Commissioners may
cause resentment in public of those districts where holidays are not declared. In
view of the above, it has been decided that prior approval of the Directorate must
be obtained, before the observation of holidays in schools declared by the
respective Deputy Commissioners.These instructions may be strictly

Pensionary Benefits

It has been observed that time schedule fixed by Finance Department, Haryana vide letter No. No.68/2/2001/FD/Pen/SAP dated 10.10.06 and 19.12.07 (copies enclosed) is not being followed strictly by the field offices resulting thereby delay in finalization of pension cases. With the result that such type cases are badly delayed and un-necessary litigation arises. Moreover, Hon’ble Courts take serious view for not releasing the pensionary benefits and sometimes the Department is compel to give interest on delayed payment.