In a new move, the Harayana government has recently announced a new pilot scheme in 50 schools of the state under which students will not have to carry their school bags and their books would be kept in schools. Speaking upon the same, P K Das, Additional Chief secretary, School Education said, “The scheme will be implemented throughout the state after the success of the pilot project.”
Das further said that the education department in the state was committed towards providing stress-free and joyful atmosphere in schools so that students may develop further interest in studies. Giving harsh punishments to children is inhuman and would not be tolerated, he added.
In some schools, last few Saturdays were being observed as bag-free ‘Joyful Saturday’ in in the state, which had received overwhelming response, added Das. “Such programmes not only strengthen the teacher-student relationship, but also make the learning atmosphere stress-free,” he said.
Das has also urged teachers to work towards implementing the various schemes launched by the education department and said that ‘Pravesh Utsav’ should be observed in the schools at the beginning of the academic session. Apart from ‘bag-free move’, Das said that the month of April should be devoted to learning through play under the Class Readiness Programme.
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Earlier this month, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar had directed the state education department to ensure that children from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families should get admission in private schools. Khattar’s directive was under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. As per an official release, the admission to class I should be done as per provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2009, and to classes II to VIII under Rule 134A of the Haryana School Education Rules.
As per a PTI report on the same, all private schools in the state have been directed to keep 25 percent of the seats in class I and 10 percent of the seats in class II to VIII for children who belong to weaker sections, BPL families and disadvantaged groups.