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Govt assists low-performing schools



BENI: Two public schools in Beni, designated as low-performing, have been benefitted today by the government initiated programme to help upgrade their performance.

The Department of Education had started the programme in the fiscal year 2009/10, wherein two high achievers and two low-performing schools were tasked to coordinate in view of assisting the performance of low-achieving public schools. This practice has been ongoing for the past three year in the district.

Following the two-day interaction programme in December, the SLC pass per cent of Shishu Kalyan Secondary School, Arman, soared to 88 per cent from 33 percent in past three years.

Likewise, the performance of the Mangala Higher Secondary School Babiyachaur has progressed to 79 per cent from average 43 pass percentage in the previous year.

First and second ranked schools – Beni Higher Secondary School and Jamunkharka Higher Secondary School, Arthunge – had coordinated with Shishu Kalyan and Managala respectively, imparting and sharing their best practices in their schools through coordinated meetings of teachers and school management committee in December last year.

Beni achieved 95 per cent pass result this year while, Jamun Kharka has scored 100 per cent. Both schools had maintained a reputation of good SLC records in the past.

According to Deepak Shrestha, head teacher of Beni Higher Secondary School, they had shared their activities and tips to improve the school environment.

“The programme has worked amazingly. The same approach should be continued to other low-achieving schools,” school supervisor Biswha Prakash Regmi said.

The programme budget for the low-performing school is Rs 26,500 and the high achieving schools is Rs 15,000 for the coordination task.

Somnath Dhungana, head teacher of the Jamuna Kharka School, talking to The Himalayan Times stressed on the need to continue the programme.

Last year, Beni supported the Okharpot Secondary School and Jamun Kharka had facilitated the Rastriya Secondary School, Ruma. Both schools had improved their result incredibly, Regmi said, adding, however, they could not sustain the same result this year, therefore the support and coordination needs to be practiced regularly.

Regmi also said the programme quota for only a couple of schools are not sufficient while there are dozens of low-performing schools in the districts that need sustained attention.

The programme was a brainchild of erstwhile national Planning Commission member Prof Tirtha Khaniya.

Prof Khaniya, however, said he was not satisfied with the pace of the project in assisting the low-performing schools by replicating good practices from neighboring schools through mutual sharing. “The Ministry gave little priority to this project,” Khaniya told THT.

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