Adding a new direction to empowerment of primary and secondary education in the state, AP Government is fast mulling comprehensive reforms that will enhance the quality of academics.
With a mission to introduce global best practices and experiences in the implementation of educational reforms, the state government has now decided to constitute an expert committee panel that will be responsible in providing strategic policy advice and guidance in the direction of designing and implementation of education reforms.
The special committee has been mandated to provide guidance for the development of policies that will affect the reforms. This would lead to the development of the education system within the State.
The panel will be headed by the Human Resource Development Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao as Chairman, and will review all the existing programs under elementary education and literacy in terms of access, enrollment, retention, dropouts and outcomes on quality of education by gender, social and regional classifications.
The committee will see representation from various renowned personalities, including; scholar Chaganti Koteswara Rao, hypnotherapist B.V. Pattabhiram, motivational speaker N.V. Warlu and K I Varaprasad Reddy, MD, Shanta Biotechnics. It has also been decided that the Commissioner of School Education would be the member Convenor of the panel.
This committee had been asked to advise the State government on a detailed perspective plan and strategies with specific medium term targets in terms of average years of schooling. Focus would also be on providing quality elementary education for children between the age groups of 6 to 14 up to Class VIII, as mandated by the RTE Act.
This panel is expcted to suggest improvements in the delivery mechanism for effective implementation of various schemes.
The panel will advise government on steps to provide educational infrastructure by way of public private cooperation and incorporation of corporate sector/civil society/NGOs in the promotion of elementary education of equitable quality.
The panel will also work with special focus on undertaking teaching and learning initiatives, enhancing academic outcomes, programs, courses and education partnerships, besides recommending strategies for extensive use of IT in all areas of school education management.
The committee is also formed to guide the state government on several aspects relating to revisiting/reviewing the curriculum and advice on integrating vocational education at secondary school level for aligning with global trends.
Other important areas like evolving detailed plans and strategies for universal access, retention and quality of education at primary and upper primary levels will also be worked on. Besides advising about the modalities for accessing high quality resources, the panel had been mandated to envision a sustainable design for continuous professional development and specialized teacher training.