The state government's massive initiative - Learning Enhancement Programme (LEP) - which was prepared in collaboration with Boston consultancy group to substantially enhance quality of education in government schools will become operational in 3,222 primary schools.
Giving out the details, Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that under the LEP, 18,000 government primary school teachers have been trained over the last one month as part of Haryana's Quality Improvement Program.
The 3,222 LEP schools are spread across the whole state and more than 6 lakh students are enrolled there. The first hour of the school day will be observed as LEP hour in these schools, where teachers will use books that have been specially prepared by State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) for the program with support from BCG and a Delhi-based NGO.
These books focus on important competencies of lower classes so that the large learning gaps of students versus their current class can be bridged. The program currently focuses on Hindi and Maths. The subject of English will be added in November, said the minister.
TC Gupta, principal secretary to government of Haryana, School Education Department, said, "The goal of this program is to ensure that all students acquire the competencies of previous classes, necessary to come up to the level of their current class. This is an urgent need."
The State's District and Block Elementary Education Officers, and DIET principals have been given a tight monitoring schedule to regularly visit LEP schools. They will be submitting their observations through an online utility. This will enable data-based reviews of progress and help improve the program over time. 400 mentors at block and cluster level have also been trained who will visit LEP schools every fifteen days and provide academic support to the teachers inside classrooms.
The state has started with 3,222 schools. Based on its concurrent evaluation during the rest of the current academic year government of Haryana intends to scale this ambitious program to all 9,000 primary schools next year.