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  Elementary Education of Equitable Quality
Vision of a Classroom
My vision is of an active classroom, where students do not merely sit passively taking notes or listening to lectures. My vision is of a classroom with a buzz of activity. Children are working and involved
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Quality Concerns in Elementary Education
Under SSA, most states have included a variety of interventions for quality improvement. These include pilot programmes within the Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP), teacher training, material development, specific subject-oriented programmes, etc.
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Core Components of Quality Education
In dealing with quality concerns in elementary education, States would need to address the following core components of Quality Education....
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Enabling Components of Quality Education
Pre-school or Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): The National Policy of Education (NPE) gives importance to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) as a crucial input for human resource development, as a feeder and support programme for primary education and as a support...
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Other Enabling Components of Quality Education
The RTE Act enumerates some specific ways in which the school environment can be made stress free for the child. These include:....
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Summing Up
It is clear that school quality enhancement requires systemic reform in elementary education for translating this vision of quality into the lived experience of all children in elementary schools. States/UTs are required to frame appropriate rules under the RTE Act. These may be followed up with appropriate executive instructions and training to all education administrators and teachers at different levels. Many of the interventions such as issuing orders for anytime enrolment throughout the academic year; banning physical punishment; no denial of admission on grounds of screening, or for want of transfer or birth certificates etc., have no financial implications under SSA or the State sector programmes. However they are an important part of the systemic reforms mandated under the SSA programme to implement the RTE Act, and must be included in the overall school quality improvement plan under the programme.