The Maharashtra Government has selected 300 Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools in Maharashtra to be developed as ‘Adarsh School’ or ‘Model School’ in phase one of a development project by the state school education department.
Accordingly, a Government Resolution (GR) has been released on Monday these model schools will focus on the quality of physical facilities, academic merit, and administrative facilities.
The state school education department has selected 300 ZP schools with one school in each taluka. According to the GR, these model schools will mostly comprise of Class 1 to 7 while, Class 8 can be added based on the requirement. The aim of creating model schools is to attract both parents and students to attend these schools for overall growth and development through education.
These model schools will have independent toilets, safe drinking water supply, hygienic classrooms, attractive buildings, sports arena, sports equipment, ICT lab, science lab, and library. There will be roads to commute to school from nearby villages.
Through activity-based learning, students will get a chance to enhance their knowledge in the model school. The GR stated, “Teachers should go beyond textbooks. Teachers should emphasize and inculcate among students the practice of standing and reading in front of the class. Students should be able to read, write, and understand basic concepts of language and mathematics at the primary level.”
Reading books and encyclopedias will be available in the school library along with constructive educational programs such as group study should be conducted to develop driving skills of the 21st century through creative thinking, critical thinking, scientific temperament, collaboration, and communication skills.
The main goal of the school is to facilitate the physical, intellectual, and mental development of children through education. The model school should encourage the participation of students in sports, speech, writing, singing and other activities for overall development.
Every Saturday there should be a ‘Schoolbag-free Day’ in the model school. These 300 schools are asked to submit their suggestions or changes to the state school education department by November 6, 2020.