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Odisha to follow Delhi schooling model to reform government school

Odisha to follow Delhi schooling model to reform government school

Naveen Patnaik Odisha, the chief minister, has given the direction for taking up reforms in the school sector, according to an official

The Odisha government is looking out of Delhi's book to reform government schools and put them on a par with high-end private schools.

The government aims to upgrade physical, digital infrastructure, adopt technology in teaching-learning, promote STEM learning, and build capacity for teachers, including developing leadership pipelines.

Education, technology, and science secretaries have been entrusted with targeting high schools through an impact assessment model.

According to the state government, education is the new focus area to harness medium- to long-term socioeconomic benefits.

Manoj Kumar Mishra, Secretary of Electronics, IT and Science and Technology of Odisha, said

"The education sector was disturb over the last 18 month and this gives us an opportunity to look it in a new way. The high school reform drive will have a cascading impact on human development, social and economic growth, and making the youth more enterprising,"

"The government school system needs reform to compete with high-end private sectors schools and give students from rural backgrounds an equal opportunity to access quality schooling.

Mishra said.

"We are targeting high school secondary schools in a phased manner. In the first stage, more than 1,070 schools have been taken up. This will be followed by a more thousand schools to cover the entire sector. Social welfare project have done very well in the state and now our chief minister Naveen Patnaik has given clear command to reform the school sector,"

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However, reforming the school sector will be a more formidable challenge in Odisha than in Delhi. The western part of the state is tribal-dominated and hilly, unlike the relatively developed coastal belt.

Mishra said.

"There is no problem in saying we have taken a glance out of Delhi plan, but Odisha is not Delhi, our challenge and the outcome following a successful implementation will perhaps be greater, too,"

Anupam Shah, State project director of Odisha School Education Programme Authority, said

"The first stage will be completed by 31st March and will give the school education department a fair idea on the challenges, opportunities and the impact it is going to have,"

Shah said.

"The shift is happening from pure book-led education to a multi-modal hybrid education system. You will see several sessions each day, each of which will have 20 minutes of explanatory video content and 40 minutes of lecture. The teacher interface is not going away, but it is getting embellished with new content, aided by technology for better understanding,"

Work on the curriculum, pedagogy, teachers' capacity building and the physical infrastructure upgrade to cope with the new challenges has started, Shah said. He added that all state government and government-aided high schools could be part of the transformation program, which is being implemented in phases.

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