Panaji: The state government has decided to take up the task of
regulating pre-primary schools in the state anew in light of provisions of the
draft national education policy. The decision was taken on Monday at a meeting
of education officials chaired by chief minister Pramod Sawant, who also holds
the education portfolio.
In 2010, the directorate of education (DoE) had taken up the exercise of identifying and regulating pre-primary schools in Goa for the first time. On last count, 509 pre-primary schools were registered with the directorate.
“The state government on Monday decided to regulate pre-primary schools in Goa as per the Goa School Education Act and Rules,” Sawant said.
Senior government officials said that the regulation of pre-primary schools is in line with the Centre’s draft education policy. Officials said it would now be mandatory for existing as well as new pre-primary schools to register with the DoE.
The last time around, the effort had failed to arouse enthusiasm from pre-primary schools as the announcement was not followed up with adequate monitoring of those who opted not to register. The DoE could not provide any incentive for pre-primary schools to register with it. The state has also not provided pre-primary schools registering with it with a uniform and scientifically-developed syllabi, as was promised.
In the past, the directorate has received complaints from parents of pre-primary school students being run in undesirable conditions, from dingy premises and apartments.
Currently, pre-primary schools in the state have no fixed syllabi, fee structure or infrastructural norms that they need to mandatorily meet. Bardez, Tiswadi and Salcete talukas have the highest number of pre-primary schools as per DoE data.