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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Govt forms panel on grants to English primary schools

PANAJI: The government on Tuesday constituted a 17-member committee headed by director of higher education Bhaskar Naik for the purpose of advising on the issue of giving government financial grants to 135 English medium primary schools in Goa.

Coming out with this information, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said the committee has been asked to submit its report, with recommendations within 120 days, that is by mid-November, later this year.
“Presently, there is a demand from the stakeholders in support of the issue to retain the government financial grants to English medium primary schools, as well as from some others to withdraw the same,” he observed, pointing out that State Council of Educational Research and Training – the designated state academic authority – has expressed its view that there is a need for wider consultation and revisiting the particular issue, for facilitating an appropriate decision on the matter.
“The committee shall accordingly study the entire system of grants and financial support to government-aided schools for primary education, and make its recommendations so as to improve their overall efficiency for achieving the state educational goals,” Parsekar, who also holds the educational portfolio, told the media in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza at a press conference, informing that the select committee of the state legislative assembly headed by him, which is presently discussing the bill as regards legalising government grants to the 135 English primary schools, would view the bill in the light of the order issued for constituting the 17-member committee.
The chairman of the committee told this daily that he would work in an objective and impartial manner, to the best of his ability.
“I and other members on the panel would go as per the terms of reference of the committee,” he added.
The order issued by director of education G P Bhat states that the committee shall be required to hold extensive consultations with various civic society organisations including parent-teachers associations and school managing committees, preferably at taluka level, besides primary school teachers associations and other teachers associations/headmasters associations, principals’ forums, aided school management association, educationists and so on, to ascertain their views on various aspects of the subject, and may visit neighbouring states, particularly the areas of west coast – Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala – to study the socio-cultural dynamics of the matter, in a wider perspective.
“The committee may also refer to various expert reports including that of the ministry of human resource development and international organisations for the benefit of latest development in pedagogical field,” the order reads, adding that “Besides, the committee may consult any social, economic, linguistic, cultural groups or records as deemed fit.”
The Secretarial and logistical support to the committee/members shall be provided by the directorate of education.
The Chief Minister hoped that the members of the committee would arrive at an amicable and common decision.
“I am also sure that the recommendations of the committee would be acceptable to all stakeholders in the MOI issue,” he added.
The committee headed by Bhaskar Naik includes an advocate, R G Ramani as its member, while deputy director of education and SCERT director Nagraj Honnekeri as its member secretary.
The other ‘all educationist’ members of the committee are Kanta Patnekar, J R Rebello, Madhav Kamat, Celsa Pinto, Allan Abreau, Datta B Naik, Celso Dias, Anil Samant, Madhav Borkar, Uday Ballikar, Dilip Betkikar, Bhushan Bhave, Edward D’Lima and Prakash Paryekar.

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