SCERT AP as Academic Authority for School Education GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH, School Education – Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 – State Council for Education Research and Training, Andhra Pradesh- Notified as Academic Authority – Orders issued.
SCHOOL EDUCATION (P.E – PROG.I) DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms.No. 41 Dated:30.07.2010
Read the following:-
1) Gazette of India – Extraordinary – Part II – Section I, No. 39, New Delhi, issued by Ministry of Law & Justice on the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (Central Act No. 35 of 2009) dated: 26th August 2009.
2) From the State Project Director, Rajiv Vidya Mission (SSA), Hyderabad Lr.No. 165/RVM(SSA)/BR/2009 dt. 14.06.2010.
Government of India enacted Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which has come into force w.e.f 01.04.2010 and as a part of the implementation of the said Act, 2009, there is a need to declare an appropriate body/ institution as academic authority for School Education in Andhra Pradesh.
2. The State Council for Education Research & Training (S.C.E.R.T), Andhra Pradesh was formed in 1967 on the lines of National Council for Education Research & Training, New Delhi and it was the first S.C.E.R.T in the country. It is an apex body to the Department of School Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh looking after academic matters of School Education viz., designing school curriculum, development of text books, hand books, teacher education curriculum, developing evaluative procedures for various classes from Class I to X, planning and implementing quality inservice teacher trainings and doing functional research activities etc.
3. The State Project Director, Rajiv Vidya Mission (SSA) Hyderabad has therefore, requested the Government to notify the SCERT as Academic Authority for School Education under Section 29 (1) of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (Central Act No. 35 of 2009) for the curriculum and the evaluation procedure for Elementary Education .
4. Accordingly, the following notification shall be published in the Andhra Pradesh Gazette.
In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 29 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (Central Act.No. 35 of 2009) the Government of Andhra Pradesh hereby specify the ‘State Council for Education Research and Training’ as the academic authority for the purpose of the curriculum and the evaluation procedure for Elementary Education.
The academic authority i.e. the State Council for Education Research and Training while laying down the curriculum and evaluation procedure shall take into consideration the following viz.,
- (a) Conformity with the values enshrined in the constitution
- (b) All round development of the child
- (c) Building up child’s knowledge, potentiality and talent
- (d) Development & physical and mental abilities to the fullest extent
- (e) Learning through activities, discovery and exploration in a child friendly and child centered manner.
- (f) Medium of instruction shall as far as practicable be in child’s mother tongue.
- (g) Making the child free of fear, trauma, and anxiety and helping the child to express views freely.
- (h) Comprehensive and continuous evaluation of child’s understanding of knowledge and his/her ability to apply the same.
The academic authority (SCERT) shall perform the following activities;
(i) To lay down curriculum and evaluation procedures for the implementation of the RTE Act, 2009.The syllabi, curricula and training design developed by State Council for Education Research & Training (S.C.E.R.T) shall be in accordance with National Curriculum Frame Work developed by Central Government in accordance with Section 7 (6) of the said Act.
The curricular materials developed by State Council for Education Research & Training (S.C.E.R.T) should keep in view the Children with Special Needs (CWSN / disabled)
(ii) To formulate relevant class appropriate syllabus from Class I to VIII, study materials and other learning materials
(iii) Specifically to formulate age appropriate syllabus and study material for 6 to 14 age group children to impart special training for hitherto out of school children now admitted to school in the age appropriate class under the RTE Act, 2009 (the special training in the school shall be imparted not only to out of school children but also to a child who is already admitted in a class but has no competencies equal to that class) so as to enable them to cope with syllabus of the class they are admitted to, in accordance with Section 4.
(iv) To develop in-service training design
(v) To prepare guidelines for putting into practice Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)
(vi) To design format for certificate of completion of elementary education (to be issued to every child by the School concerned) comprising pupil cumulative record which includes marks and grades for curricular subjects and grades for co-curricular activities like Music, Dance, Painting / Art, Child literature, Sports and Games, work experience/ computer education, subject club activities etc. in accordance with Section 30 of the Act.
(vii) The curricular materials developed by State Council for Education Research & Training (S.C.E.R.T) should be such that child learns through activities, discovery and exploration in a child friendly and child centered manner. The audio-visual lessons (live and recorded transmissions) may be developed by S.C.E.R.T and telecast for benefit of children and teachers. These lessons can also be communicated through CDs so that the schools can use them in classes at suitable timings.