Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 12:
With a view to bringing about a series of reforms in the school and mass education sector in Odisha, the state government has decided to formulate a new road map in line with the Vision Document-2001, state Mass Education minister Devi Prasad Mishra said on Wednesday.
Briefing newsmen after presiding over the state level conference on mass education here on Wednesday evening, Mishra said there would be six regional zones in the state.
He said the Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan scheme would be expedited.
“Under the scheme, all semi-dilapidated school buildings in urban areas would be demolished”, he said, adding, that instructions have been given to all concerned officials to make an early estimate for the completion of half-constructed school buildings.
Besides, a decision has been taken to set up an additional 40 Kasturba Gandhi Girl Schools in the state for which the location would be finalised by September this year.
Laying emphasis on physical education, Mishra said courses on physical education would be included in the school curriculum and there would be three periods for the subject every week.
Apart from this, it has been decided to include courses on art and culture in the school curriculum, he added.
The minister also informed that henceforth, preparation of food in the schools would be done by solar stoves.
Referring to the ensuing Matric Supplementary examinations, he said about 22000 students would appear in 143 centres.
Among others, secretary, School and Mass Education Usha Padhee and other senior officials of the department were present.