Primary and Secondary Education – RTE, Education Policy, SEQI, RMSA, Committee Reports, etc.

Cabinet approves Integrated Scheme on School Education, subsumes existing schemes


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development & management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Integrated Scheme on School Education, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE), RTE Act

Mains level: Improving school education standards and various schemes related to it

Integrated Scheme on School Education

  1. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved the proposal of the Department of School Education and Literacy to formulate an Integrated Scheme on School Education
  2. It will be implemented by subsuming the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE) from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2020

About the scheme

  1. The vision of the Scheme is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education from nursery to senior secondary stage in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goal for Education
  2. The main emphasis of the Integrated Scheme is on improving quality of school education by focussing on the two T’s – Teacher and Technology

Objectives of scheme

  1. Provision of quality education and enhancing learning outcomes of students
  2. Bridging social and gender gaps in school education
  3. Ensuring equity and inclusion at all levels of school education
  4. Ensuring minimum standards in schooling provisions
  5. Promoting vocationalisation of education
  6. Support states in the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009

Flexibility available to states

  1. The Scheme gives flexibility to the states and UTs to plan and prioritize their interventions within the scheme norms and the overall resource envelope available to them
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