Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday approved an ambitious plan of the state government named ‘Mission Shiksa’, to completely overhaul the education system in the state.
A crucial meeting was chaired headed by Pema Khandu in which state Education Minister Taba Tedir, the chief secretary, the education secretary, and other top officials of the education department were also present.
The project, which is currently in the conceptual stage, is a roadmap highlighting the lacunae that are eating into the education system and the needed government interventions. It also brings into picture psychological aspects of the teachers, students and administrators that dampen the morale of both teachers and students in different ways.
Its vision is to ‘provide good quality education to the students in an improved educational environment, and uplifting the morale of teachers’.
As per the central government’s performance grading index (PGI), Arunachal ranks amongst the lowest in the country, which the mission aims to uplift.
CM Khandu suggested identifying one school with high enrollment in each assembly constituency and completely overhauling it with technological and digital interventions.
Khandu also recommended that the entire state be divided into three zones – east, west and central – and that each zone be assigned to an independent agency to study and lay out parameters and evaluate the performance of teachers as well as students as per the PGI.
The chief minister further directed the education department to “bring the concept of ‘Mission Shiksha’ to a practical mode and submit to the government what and how the department will implement the mission in a time-bound manner.”
It also envisages digital and transparent transfer and posting of teachers through a software-based system, which is in the making and is expected to be ready within the next few months.