State Project Director writes to schools following ICSE, CBSE, IGCSE, IB boards and Special Schools to furnish details for 2011-12 school census
In its bid to improve the quality of education and the system, every year the State government takes stock of aided, non-aided, private schools across the state.
School of thought: During the census, a school has to furnish details,
including number of teachers, students, total number of divisions, etc.
However, this year, V Radha, state project director of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), has personally written to all the schools following ICSE, CBSE, IGCSE, IB boards and Special Schools, appealing them to provide the State Education Department with the required details of their respective schools for government records. The letter was sent on November 19.
Every year, under the District Information System for Education (DISE), the State collects information from schools till September 30.
During the census, a school has to furnish details, including number of teachers, students, total number of divisions, etc.
Commenting on her initiative, V Radha said, "School census is carried every year. This year, we even published advertisement in newspapers. Since most of the other boards don't respond to our request of furnishing required details, we are using RTE Act to our advantage. It is essential for us to have correct data."
Another education official, requesting anonymity, said, "Usually, schools following CBSE, ICSE and IB boards don't furnish details. Hence, our state project director has written them a letter to make them understand the project's importance. This year, information will be collected from all the schools providing elementary education, including the unrecognised ones as well."
Confirming that their school has received the letter from the State Project Director, Abha Dharampal, principal of Utpal Sanghvi School, Juhu, said, "We have been asked to furnish details and just like every year, we have cooperated with the department."
Currently, 1.3 million schools are imparting elementary education across the country, and are expected to be covered during the school census 2011-12
Even unrecognised schools will be covered under the DISE
The data is being collected under SSA