Prakash Javadekar launches ‘Samagra Shiksha’ scheme

What: Samagra Shiksha

When: May 24, 2018

Who: Shri Prakash Javadekar

  • Shri Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development on May 24, 2018 launched the ‘Samagra Shiksha’ – an integrated Scheme for school education extending support to States from pre-school to senior secondary levels for the first time in New Delhi.
  • As per the Union Minister, the Scheme is a paradigm shift in the conceptual design of school education by treating ‘school’ holistically as a continuum from pre-school, primary, upper primary, secondary and senior secondary levels.
  • The scheme treat schooling as a smooth transition from pre-school, primary, upper primary, secondary and senior secondary level.
  • The scheme is in line with  Prime Minister’s commitment of providing of ‘Sabko Shiksha Achchi Shiksha.
  • It focuses on improving quality of education at all levels by integrating the two T’s – Teachers and Technology.
  • The ‘Samagra’ means  a holistic approach to treat education  as a whole and the Scheme is very aptly named as it sees school education holistically without segmenting it into various levels of education.
  • The  budget outlay on the new scheme will be now Rs. 34,000 crore in 2018-19 and  to Rs. 41,000 crore in 2019-20.
  • About one million schools will get library grant of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 20,000 to strengthen the libraries to ensure that “Padhega Bharat Badhega Bharat”.
  • Every school will get sports equipment under the Samagra Shiksha, at the cost of Rs. 5000 for Primary, Rs. 10,000 for Upper Primary & up to Rs. 25,000 for SSC & HSC schools to inculcate & emphasize relevance of sports to realise the dream of “Khelega India Khilega India”. 
  •  The scheme will build on the grade-wise, subject-wise Learning Outcomes and the largest National Achievement Survey (NAS) conducted in 2017-18 to strategize district level interventions for improving quality of education. This approach would help to shift the focus of student learning from content to competencies.
  • The Scheme envisages active participation of all stakeholders especially the parents/guardians, School Management Committee (SMC) members, community and the state functionaries towards the efforts to ensure quality education to children.
  • The scheme will focus on strengthening this crucial pillar by making SCERTs and DIETs the nodal agencies for teacher training. These institutions would be strengthened to emphasize the integration of in-service and pre-service training structures in States to make it need-focused and dynamic.  This would strengthen the quality of teaching in schools across levels.
  • This will enable reaping the benefits of technology and widening the access of good quality education across all States and UTs and across all sections of the Society.
  • DIKSHA”– the national digital platform for teachers would put high quality teaching learning resources for ready use of teachers.
  • The Scheme will support ‘Operation Digital Board’ in all secondary schools over a period of 5 years, so as to enhance the use of digital technology through smart classrooms, digital boards and DTH channels. The Digital initiatives like Shaala Kosh, Shagun, Shaala Saarthi will be strengthened.     

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