EQUIP in 100 schools this year

Gangtok, 12 Jan:

The first steering committee meeting of Educational Quality Improvement Program, Sikkim was held today at Human Resource Development Department office, a press release informs.

The meeting was chaired by HRDD Minister, RB Subba and Member of Parliament [Lok Sabha], PD Rai.

EQUIP completed its pilot year in eight schools in 2017 and this year, it is aiming to scale more than 100 schools in the State. The meeting kicked off with a presentation on State’s education report by Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan Joint Director, Karuppiah Inbaraj.

HRD Minister recommended the study and analysis of the report in more detail presented to a smaller focus committee on 03 Feb.

The second presentation of the day was given by Director, State Council of Education Research & Training, Dr Chhetri who outlined the main learnings from the workshop on the Finnish Education System with Professor Jari and Professor Patrik from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

One salient feature of the Finnish Education System that was highlighted was their mission “Leave no School Behind” which was pointed out by the committee as an idea that Sikkim should also adopt in its educational planning process.

A Memorandum of Understanding shared by the Finnish representatives for collaborating with the education system of Sikkim was also presented by Director, SCERT.

A focus group will be studying the MOU and placing recommendations on the 27 Feb, it is informed.

The next presentation was given by EQUIP Program Director, Komal Chamling who informed the committee of the program progress since the last steering committee meeting on 16 Oct 2017 as well as the planning process and planned program for the scale-up phase in 2018.

Ms Chamling asked for the support of HRDD in the second scale-up phase of the organisation.

She also shared the focus on arts which was a central part of the schools in West Bengal visited by EQUIP during the offsite retreat in December 2017.

A decision was taken during the follow-up discussion to look closer at the potential of integrating fine arts, theatre and music as part of the schools. The discussions that followed pointed to the requirement of closer study and research of the role of language in the classroom highlighted by Zilla Adhakshya [East], Devika Subba.