New Delhi: December 26, 2012 – In a bid to boost basic education in the country, the government is mulling to start pre-primary education in the primary school. The government has already prepared a draft in this regard.
The government intends to start teaching in primary schools from pre-primary level. The draft is yet to get approval of National Development Council (NDC). After the approval of NDC, the scheme will be implemented in the coming years.
The government has planned to implement the scheme in a phased a manner, under which a pre-primary section will be opened in government-run primary schools. In these sections, children in the age group of 4-6 years will be taught for one year in their field of interest. After the successful completion of pre-primary course, the children will be imparted primary education.
The government is going to implement this scheme in at least 50 percent of schools by the end of the 12th five year plan.
Though opening of pre-primary school is considered as part of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). There is already a provision for separate budget for it. But the scheme is likely to face financial crunch.
According to an estimate, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will have to spend Rs 65,000 crore to implement the scheme in the 12th five year plan (2012-2017). If reports are to be believed, the NDC wanted it to implement during the 11th five-year plan but the plan was put on hold.
The scheme has been introduced in the NDC agenda as top priority and the HRD Ministry has apprised the council of the needs and requirement to implement the same.
The NDC meeting will be held in Delhi on December 27 to take a final decision on the draft.