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Himachal leads in effective implementation of SSA

Taking into account the importance of elementary education, the Himachal
Government has made concerted efforts for achieving quality education by
giving top most priority to education sector. Himachal is one of the few
states, which has achieved the targets of universalization of primary
education and sincere efforts have been put to achieve target of
universalization of elementary education.
Himachal Pradesh is amongst leading states in implementing the Sarv Shiksha
Abhiyan (SSA) effectively. SSA was launched in the State as a programme to
supplement the efforts of District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) and
it is also an attempt to provide opportunity for improving human
capabilities to all children, through provision of community-owned quality
education in a mission mode.
It is a convergent programme targeting Primary and upper primary education
with the main focus on providing basic quality education within a clear
time frame.
The initiative of the State Government for improving quality education has
been highly appreciated by the Government of India. The Assessment of 1st
to 8th standards by introducing Large Scale Achievement Survey in 2013-14
has received appreciation from the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
An independent agency SKOCH has awarded, “SKOCH Order of Merit”- India’s
best Governance Project-2014 for the assessment survey carried by SSA in
Himachal Pradesh.
The efforts of the State Government have borne fruits and the Composite
Educational Development Index for elementary education has significantly
improved from 12th rank  to 4th rank.  This has been possible due to the
sincere efforts of the State Government in ensuring opening of educational
institutions in every nook and corner of the State and also allocating
adequate funds for this vital sector.
During this financial year, Rs. 4,282 crore are being spent on education
sector, which is highest in comparison to other sectors. During 2014-15,
total outlay of 250 crores has been approved under SSA which is 16 percent
higher than the plan approval of 2013-14.Through SSA, 426.18 crores have
been spent on infrastructure development in government schools so far.
Himachal is pioneer State in developing the learning Indicators for class-1
to VIII and these learning indicators have been implemented in the State
from the academic session 2014-15. Himachal is the first State, which
started conducting large scale achievement surveys of all the students at
elementary level. Learning status has been identified at school level and
broadly at district and state level.
With a view to empower girls through appropriate inputs in the science,
Technology and innovation girls studying in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalya
(KGBV) and girls of  Learning Leadership Foundation (LLF) pilot schools
were supported and oriented towards research and innovation. Three students
of Himachal Pradesh were able to reach the top level amongst 22,946 girls
from 279 KGBVs/schools in the country. These girls participated in the
felicitating ceremony organized on 7th November, 2014 at National Science
Centre Museum, New Delhi.
State has developed the training calendar for effective implementation of
different programmes under SSA. On the basis of meetings, workshops,
feedback, baseline and monitoring reports, Training Need Assessment (TNA)
has been done. Teacher training is now more practical as compared to
earlier practices by ensuring school practice sessions during the training.
To stop withdrawing teachers from schools, training at schools level
started under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). Under the
project, lessons are being delivered by using technology.
In order to implement learning standards and streamline the implementation
of Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in schools Assessment Sheets
have been developed and subject, class and level wise. Text books for class
1 to V have been revised. To promote art education , Art Integrated
Learning Programme has been initiated in collaboration with Durhan
Elementary Athletic Association (DEAA), National Council of Education
Research & Training (NCERT), New Delhi and British Council of India, New
Schools are being covered for use of Information & Communication Technoloty
(ICT) in reading of Science and mathematics in partnership with Pratham.
All the teachers have been trained to use ICT in teaching of science and
mathematics. Total 100 schools have been covered by 'Pratham' to enhance
learning in the subject of science and mathematics at upper primary level.
Anganwari Kendras are being co-located in the premises of existing primary
schools to increase enrolment in the first grade of primary schools. Some
primary schools have started pre-primary classes.



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