Children are wealth of the nation. School Education department aims at bringing out the individual talent and the potential hidden in them, developing them through Quality Educuation and make them the best citizens in the fields as desired by them. Working in this direction SCERT has framed an excellent curriculum with the cooperation of the best academicians in the country and keeping in view the different schools of thought of all the stake holders in the state and also in accordance with RTE – 2009 and NCF 2005 and also implementing it. This is the foundation of school education ‘Vision of the State’ towards school (Classes 1 to 10) is designed as a part of State Curriculum.
The vision of State is that ALL children should receive high quality education and become responsible citizens with an acute sense of the other. They should be aware of their environment and think about it critically. They should listen carefully and speak fearlessly. They should be able to understand what they hear and read; but they should also be able to question it. Teachers should promote these skills, provide meaningful teaching learning processes in natural and friendly environment that enable children to express themselves freely and ask questions.
Teachers are collaborative learners and reflective practitioners. Parents and community should have a sense of ownership and participate in the activities of the school. School should create a space for reflection, cooperation and promotion of human and ethical values. In a world which is becoming increasingly instrumental, materialistic and competitive.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO TEACHERS
The academic calendar 2015-16 is designed after detailed consultations with various Teacher Unions, subject experts and also teachers from various schools in the State. The salient features are:
1. It is based on the guidelines of RTE-2009 to provide quality education to students.
2. It focuses on the changed curriculum, new textbooks, examination reforms and implementation of CCE.
3. As per the changed timings of the schools and weightage to different subjects mentioned in RTE.
4. It includes the month-wise schedule for completion of curricular and co-curricular activities.
5. Detailed plan of Formative Assessment (FA)s and Summative Assessment (SA)s for the year 2015-16 is included.
6. Completion of the syllabus, does not mean completing all the units mechanically. Teaching-learning process (TLP) should be in such away that the pupils should achieve the expected outcomes while doing the textual exerices as per the academic standards.
7. In view of revised textbooks, CCE/ Examination reforms teacher should adopt the suitable TLP as per the steps suggested. Instead of just reading and explaining or asking questions mechanically.
8. Teacher should develop the ability of self expression among the students by asking open ended questions, only after explaining the content thoroughly.
9. Two sets of Teacher Handbooks for co-curricular activities are supplied to each school which should be put to optimum use by the teachers concerned. They should ensure that the activities are taken up according to the guidelines given in these Handbooks.
10. Eight (8) periods are allotted per day. The average number of periods per teacher shall be decided by the Head Master after considering the number of available teachers and the number of sections in the school.
11. Teachers should voluntarily accept the responsibilities of handling co-curricular activities.
12. Record work related to FA, SA should be completed as per the schedule and Progress Reports must be issued to the students/ parents by conducting Parent Teacher Meeting.
13. For the professional development of teachers, it is decided to conduct four (4) School Complex Meetings in the academic year 2015-16. Generally they are held during Formative Assessment (July, September, November and January). Wherever there is an additional need for one or two meetings, they can be conducted with prior permission from DEO.
14. The Divisional Resource Persons shall be attending the School Complex Meetings as subject experts. In the first meeting one of the teachers is selected as Joint Secretary to coordinate these meetings.
15. The School Complex Meetings discuss the issues like implementation of new textbooks, demonstration of model lessons, preparation of question papers, areas in FA, preparation of TLM, experiential training etc,
16. ‘Annual Day’ must be celebrated in all the schools during February.
17. ‘Bala Sabha’ should be conducted on 4th Saturday of every month. This platform should be utilised to showcase the talents and creative abilities of the students and encourage them to participate in activities such as seminars, elocutions, skit, drama, ballet etc.
18. Mass drill should be conducted on every Saturday in the evening with students from all the classes.
19. Headmaster should monitor the teaching learning process of every teacher at least once in a month. The observations must be recorded in the monitoring format and discuss with the teachers during the staff meetings.
20. Headmaster should give necessary feedback and suggest the corrective measures to ensure the proper implementation of Year Plan, various activities connected to FA, utilisation of TLM and achievement of Academic Standards by the students.
21. Teachers should follow the suggestions given by the Head Master and implement the same scrupulously.
22. Teachers must use the available resources like library, laboratory and other material. Activities connected to FA must be conducted utilising all these resources.
23. Check list is provided for every month. Hence, the teachers must follow the instructions given in the academic calendar and mark ‘Yes/ No’ in the check list accordingly.
24. Implementation of academic calendar is the responsibility of the Head Master. All the teachers should cooperate with HM by performing their tasks in time.
25. Academic calendar is like a guiding tool to the school which aims at providing quality education to the students. Additional activities at the school level may be taken up in order to achieve better results.
26. Summative Assessments will be conducted twice(2) in Academic year.
SA-I will be conducted in October and
SA-II will be held in March.
However, there will be only four subjects for classes I to V (Telugu, English, Maths and EVS). Hence, the Summative Assessment should be conducted on the first four days only for classes I to V. Oral and written assessment in a subject must be conducted on the same day of the exam.
27. Similarly, FA will be conducted four(4) times in the academic year during the months of July, August, November and February. Based on these marks and grades must be entered in the CCE Records.
28. School Games Federation organizes competitions in games and sports every year to select the students for participating at the State Level.
29. For this, the School Level competitions must be organized in the month of July to select the students and send them to participate at Mandal Level and Division Level competitions. Students selected at Division Level shall participate in the District Level competitions to be held between 21st August and 15th September. Then the selected students from the District Level will participate at State Level.
During the staff meetings held every month, the Head Master should review the implementation of all the activities given in the academic calendar for that month and record the observations about completion of syllabus and other activities in the Minutes Register.