Move to grade schools yet to take off, minister promises action

The state, for the past one year, is in the process of getting a body that gives accreditation to all types of schools.But the primary education department in the city has yet not put up a proposal, said Fauzia Khan, Minister of state for education. The issue will be taken up on priority basis this year, she said.

"Even the cabinet has given in-principle nod. Despite reminding the education department, they have not send a proposal to us. But this year, I will follow it up speedily," said Khan. "Just as we have a separate directorate for everything in education, we will depute a director for this body also." The grading will be applied to all schools in the area, including CBSE, ICSE, IB, aided and unaided schools. This will depend on various parameters like infrastructure and standard of education.

S Chockalingam, Commissioner of Education (additional charge), said, "Introducing grading system in schools will bring about a change in the parents' attitude to run around for the so-called one or two good schools in the city. Instead there will be an agency which grades schools due to which parents can choose good schools in the vicinity," said Chockalingam. Mahavir Mane, state director of education, refused did not answer calls.

Another grading system that was announced by the rural development department last year was the performance-based grading of all the aided schools in the state. "All the tehsils in the districts are almost done with the grading of the respective schools in their areas. The best three schools from all these tehsils will be selected. Then top three schools in the district will also be adjudged. The schools will be graded as A, B, C and D as per their performance and various other factors. By January 21, the grading of Pune city will be over," said Mushtakh Shaikh, education officer, primary education, Pune Zilla Parishad.

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