There’s Money To Fix Our Education System But Not Being Spent:SPD Samagra

“Education officials must understand money once released doesn’t lay eggs”

SRINAGAR —  State Project Director, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, Tufail Ahmad Matto, Tuesday, expressed his serious disapproval of the education department officials for failing to utilise the funds released under various schemes.

Matto was speaking at the five-day National Achievement Survey (NAS) workshop underway here at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kothibagh.

He lambasted the chief education officers, principals of higher secondary schools and district institutions of education, zonal education officers and other heads of institutions for ‘failing’ to utilise the funds released by the government for various schemes particularly for those aimed at achieving positive student learning outcomes.

“It’s after our strenuous efforts that the government allocates funds for uplifting education in the state and it pains us a lot to see the money is lying unspent,” Matto said. “You must realize the money once released doesn’t lay eggs lying as such.”

Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan is an integrated scheme for school education extending support to the states from pre-school to the higher secondary levels.

Around 200 officials of the education department took part in the workshop on the opening day wherein a team from the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) comprising Dr Pratima Kumari, Dr Satya Bhushan and Md. Arif Sadiq unveiled the district-wise NAS figures with regard to the learning outcomes of the students.

“Holding workshops or other such programs alone wouldn’t do us any good unless whatever is learnt is not translated into action on the ground,” said Matto requesting the officials to pay heed to the findings of the experts.

Describing the NAS survey as a ‘sea of information’ involving a huge expenditure and efforts, Prof Satya Bhushan said ‘it must be used to the fullest to achieve positive results for the future.’

The survey, he said, will help us map an accurate picture of the learning outcomes of the students in Kashmir. “We’ll be able to take right decisions once we’ve studied the survey,” said Prof Bhushan.

Buoyed over ‘some areas’ the state has done ‘fairly good’ in, the Director School Education Kashmir, Dr G N Itoo, said the areas that need immediate attention in are Mathematics, English and Sciences.

“States in the north east, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have comparatively done better,” said Dr Itoo while holding ‘law and order’ problem prevalent in the State as the ‘only factor’ responsible. “CEOs, ZEOs, principals and other heads of institutions will have to mobilize the teaching community to realise the desired goals.”

Dr Itoo appreciated the NCERT as a ‘third-party’ surveyor in assessing the prevailing scenario of the learning outcomes of the students. “A third-party assessment will always be objective in its nature which would enable us to understand the gravity of the problem,” he said. “I’m hopeful—after attending the workshop–those at the helm at the district level will come up with a roadmap to tackle the issues effectively.”

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