A master plan is on the anvil to upgrade government schools in the district to international standards under the State government’s General Education Protection campaign.
The preparation of the master plan, covering around 330 schools, will be made under the headship of a district-level committee comprising people’s representatives and educators.
The schools that have large number of students but inadequate infrastructure will be given priority. A task force formed for the project will shortlist such schools within a couple of months and suggest action plans for their upgradation.
The PRISM (Promotion of Regional Schools to International Standards through Multiple Interventions) project, which was piloted in Nadakkavu Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, will be considered as a model. Along with the government fund, support of sponsors will be sought for the project.
According to district panchayat authorities, investment of local development fund will be crucial for achieving the target.
To set the priorities, school and panchayat-level seminars will be conducted with the participation of local body heads and teachers.
District panchayat president Babu Parassery will head the district-level committee formed to prepare the master plan. District Collector N. Prasanth will act as the secretary, making recommendations. People’s representatives from all Assembly constituencies will work as active members of the committee along with the local body heads.
The project will provide modern learning facilities to the rural children. Improved smartclass rooms, reference libraries and sports training will be some of the highlights of the project.