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School Assessment Project launched
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 29 May. 2009 11:59 PM IST
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Schools in Nagaland would soon be assessed and graded on grounds of their performance, curriculum, management, teaching-learning evaluation under the Schools Assessment Project. A venture to ensure quality education and student development in Nagaland, the project was officially launched on Friday by additional secretary of School Education, Bendangkokba at NBSE office. The assessment project is an initiation of the Mayangnokcha Award Trust, supported by the Government of Nagaland under Year of Capacity Building programme. The school assessment would be based on curricular aspect of schools, teaching-learning evaluation, infrastructure and learning resources, student support and progression, governance and leadership, and innovative practices. The assessed schools would be asked for institutional data, self evaluation report in the form of questionnaire, after which a selected group of experts would visit the institution for validation. The group of experts would include independent personalities from various sections of the society. The data and reports would be evaluated and graded in stars according to range of scores, with performance description such as ‘satisfactory’, ‘good’, ‘very good’, ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding’. The grading would be valid for three years, after which schools would have to undergo re-assessment. Duration of the entire process of assessment would take about ten months. The target of the Schools Assessment Project for the first year is focused on schools allocated in town area in Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung districts. While the assessment would be done purely on voluntary and participative process, the project officials had urged schools to participate in the project, know their status and improve accordingly. They also assured to maintain confidentiality in dealing with data and records of schools. While the project was set to be a continuous process, the Mayangnokcha Award trustees said that their goal to cover all districts of the state would depend on financial resources. Additional secretary of School Education, Bendangkokba, called upon the community to review the education system and adapt new policies to ensure quality education in the state. He said that it was not just the work of the schools, teachers and department but also the responsibility of parents, NGO’s and civil societies to work towards this. Lauding the venture of the Mayangnokcha Award trustees as a positive move towards educational development, he assured the support of the department in their project. Chairman of NBSE, Nini Meru, urged schools to go through the assessment process and find out the results of their status. “Unless you are assessed, how will you know where you stand? You should know where you stand and improve yourself”, she said. With the increasing rate in school drop outs and unemployment, Nini Meru said the assessment would help the people identify the reason and solution for such problems. Er. Moa Aier, trustee, project Coordinator, gave a presentation on the project.

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