Only 5 government schools get ‘A’ grade in first pilot study - The New Indian Express

Only 5 government schools get ‘A’ grade in first pilot study

Published: 22nd November 2013 08:20 AM

Last Updated: 22nd November 2013 08:20 AM

Concerns over falling standards at government schools have existed for years across the country. And the results of a first-ever pilot study by the Karnataka School Quality Assessment and Accreditation Council (KSQAAC) of 1,020 Kannada-medium government schools in the State won’t make for pleasant reading: Only five schools have received an ‘A’ grade for performance.

The KSQAAC released the findings of its survey, conducted from July 2012 to February, on Thursday. Of the 1,020 covered in the survey, 612 were higher primary and the rest were high schools. A total of  95,868 students were covered in the study.

Schools were assessed in five areas — physical environment and infrastructure (20 per cent weightage), classroom environment (60 per cent), leadership (10 per cent), innovative activities (5 per cent) and community participation (5 per cent).

Only four schools in Chikkodi, Belgaum district, and one in Udupi district got A-grades, scoring between 80-89 per cent in the study. While there are 32 schools falling under the B+ grade (70-79 per cent), not a single school received the A+ grade (90-100 per cent). As many as 200 schools received D- grades, putting them at bottom of the table with less than 40 per cent score. Among districts, Bidar led the list of D- grade schools with 22 institutions, followed by Davangere with 18, Gulbarga with 17, Bellary and Raichur (13 each) and Bijapur and Kolar (11 each).

Of the 65 schools assessed in Bangalore North, South and Rural areas, not even a single school has managed to secure A+ in infrastructure and most are graded B. Five schools in Rural, however, achieved A+ in the leadership aspect.

“The pilot study was done in great detail as each of these areas had subcategories. In infrastructure, we assessed parameters such as ventilation, doors and toilets. In classroom environment, we looked at qualification of teachers, pedagogy, attendance and evaluation,” said Primary and Secondary Education Department secretary Rajkumar Khatri. 

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