SSA assessing its impact on state education in 2009-10

PANAJI: The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is in the process of assessing its impact in the present academic year in Goa. Launched on October 1, the DISE Fortnight-a nation-wide effort to collect data to access the central government's flagship education program for the academic year 2009-10-will conclude on Thursday.

The computerized management information system, DISE, developed by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) is presently in implementation in 633 districts spread over 35 states and union territories. In each state, data will be collected by the state SSA through about 70,000 Cluster Resource Centres and 7,000 Block Resource Centre Coordinators.

DISE has reduced the time lagin availability of educational statistics in case of elementary education from 7-8 years to less than a year at the national level, said SSA officials. They added that preliminary analysis of data collected for the academic year 2008-09 shows an overall improvement over the previous year in case of all components.

As many as 12,59,558 schools imparting elementary education under government and private managements (both aided and unaided) across the country reported data under DISE 2008-09. The percentage of government schools to total schools in the country is reported to be 80.66. The percentage of private, unaided schools to total schools is 13.68. Of the total schools, 7,98,932 are stand-alone primary schools. As many as 1,25,597 primary schools/sections were opened/added during the period 2002-03 to 2008-09.

Meanwhile, all primary schools in the country now have more than three instructional rooms of which 76% are in "good condition". Each classroom has an average of 35 students. Schools with female teachers have improved from 72.68% in 2007-08 to 73.64% in 2008-09. About 88% schools have drinking water facilities, 77% have common toilets and 53% have a separate girl's toilet. About 14% schools have computers and 40% have ramps for the disabled.

DISE also maintains a comprehensive profile of over 5.63 million teachers. Preliminary analysis reveal an enrolment of 132 million in primary classes and 52 million in upper primary classes.The percentage of Muslim students enrolled at primary level is 11.15 and at upper primary level is 9.34. The transition rate from primary to upper primary level has improved from 81.13% in 2007-08 to 82.36% in 2008-09. Preliminary analysis also show that the percentage of children passing class V with 60% and more marks has improved from 48.67 in 2006-07 to 50.24 in 2007-08 in case of boys and from 48.80 to 50.51 in the case of girls.


11 October, 2009