IEP Chandigarh, September 24
In order to strengthen the educational foundation of the youth of the state, special emphasis is being laid on school education by the state government. Under the able leadership of the Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal, the state government has made dedicated efforts for improving the quality of education in the state. The government has made efforts to ensure adequate availability of teachers to every student in government schools through rationalization. The history books curriculum has been revised and updated. These books have also been translated into English language for wider reach.
The Central Government has stressed on implementing the new education policy across the country. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals- 2030, the Education Development Agenda has been prioritized by the Central Government, which emphasizes on providing inclusive and equitable quality education and increasing opportunities for education. To achieve these goals, the central government implemented the New Education Policy – 2020.
In order to achieve the goals of the New Education Policy, as per the direction of the Chief Minister, the State Government has also decided to completely implement the New Education Policy – 2020 across the state by the year 2025. While the government has strengthened the basic facilities and infrastructure required for education, it has also worked to make the teacher-student ratio effective. Rationalization has not only improved the teacher-student ratio, but has also brought transparency in the entire process.
Today the number of senior secondary schools in the state is 2,304, high schools 1,027, middle schools 2,122 and primary schools 4,184. Haryana is the state that spends the highest amount on the education of children in the entire country and has a teacher-student ratio of 1:30.
Cheerag scheme became a boon for poor children
The state government has fulfilled the dream of poor children to study in private schools. By implementing the Cheerag scheme, poor children are also being provided quality education. Under this scheme, the government is giving Rs. 700 to private schools for children studying in classes II to V, Rs. 900 for students studying in classes VI to VIII and Rs. 1,100 for classes 9 to 12. This amount is being given on a per student-per month basis. So far, more than 2,500 children have been enrolled under this scheme.
The state government has also made radical changes in the curriculum of schools as per the demand of the time. To inculcate the feeling of patriotism, independence and human values in children, new content has been included in the books. History books have been rewritten. Haryana Board of School Education has also translated many new history books in English language. History books for classes 9th and 10th have also been published.
Special attention is being laid of the subjects for providing the reading material to the students. The history has been written in a comprehensive manner in the new books. In the earlier books, where Indian history has been taught since the Indus Valley Civilization, now the information of the river Saraswati has been included. Along with the major events of the ancient world, events such as medieval Europe, foreign invasions, colonialism, imperialism and the British anti-colonial movement and freedom struggle in India also have been included.
Along with this, the role of Haryana in the Indian independence movement has also been described in detail in the new books. Special emphasis has been given on contribution of Haryana in the Great Revolution of 1857, so that the younger generation gets to know the sacrifices and contribution made by the people of Haryana in the freedom struggle.
There is also a description of Raja Nahar Singh, who was hanged in Chandni Chowk, Delhi for participating in the 1857 Revolution. During the same time, the Britishers hanged Lala Hukumchand Jain in Hansi. Rao Tularam of Rewari has also made significant contributions in the freedom movement which is duly mentioned in the updated books.
The role of women of Haryana in the freedom movement has also been described in the history books. Similarly, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram devoted his life to the service of the poor farmers and labourers, hence he was called the messiah of the farmers, the description has also been mentioned in the books of history.