Chief Minister launches Bridge Course for School Students


Jaipur, July 11. Chief Minister Mr Ashok Gehloton Monday virtually launched the 'Rajasthan ke Shiksha me Badhte Kadam' programme at his official residence here. He said that this remediation programme 'Rajasthan ke Shiksha me Badhte Kadam' has been started for the students of classes I to VIII in the academic session 2022-23 to compensate the learning loss due to the corona pandemic.

In this bridge course, the students will be taught in easy and enjoyable manner. Besides this, he also inaugurated the 'Field Orientation' programme for teachers, education officers, guardians and children.

Mr Gehlot said that Rajasthan has emerged as a Model State in the country with its unique innovations in the field of education. The establishment of Mahatma Gandhi English Medium Schools and vision of efficiency-based education is becoming ideal for other states. In the last few years, not only the education infrastructure has developed, but academic progress has also taken place. Continuous efforts were made to ensure that students do not miss their studies despite teaching being suspended due to corona. 'Bridge Programme' was announced with a financial provision of Rs 75 crore in the budget 2022-23 to compensate the educational loss of children due to Covid-19.

Emphasis will be given to learning instead of mugging up in the bridge course under 'Rajasthan ke Shiksha me Badhte Kadam'. Four periods for the first three months and two periods for the rest of the entire session will remain fixed in the bridge course for class I to VIII. Under the scheme, efficiency based workbooks will be prepared for more than 75 lakh students and the efficiency will be assessed thrice in a year. In this programme, besides regular parents-teachers meetings, efficiency based holistic report card of the students will be prepared. Programme of capacity building of teachers will be organised to effectively implement this programme and the facility of the TeachingAid app will be provided for all teachers from classes III to VIII.

Mr Gehlot said that the education of young children was badly affected during the corona period. Despite the digital innovations by the government to continue education, children in remote areas were not able to connect with education. The main objective of the bridge course is to bring the educational level of the children in line with the present class, with which they will not face any problems in future.  

The Chief Minister said that the State Government is responsive towards the problems of the teachers and is committed to reduce the non-teaching responsibilities so that they can successfully implement the bridge course. Education and Health are the Government's priorities. Excellent work is taking place in both sectors. He said that the next budget will be dedicated to the youth and students of the state. Mentioning about Old Pension Scheme, he said that this decision was taken from a human perspective. He said that the Central Government should consider positively in implementing OPS in the entire country.

 Mr Gehlot said that Smart TV, Set-Top Box and Internet facility are being provided at all the government and Kasturba Gandhi Residential Schools to promote digital education. He said that at the time of obstacles in education during the corona period, educational activities were kept on through various digital platforms, TV and radio etc under 'Aao Ghar Me Seekhe-2.0' so that children can continue learning by staying at home. In this, students of classes I to XII were provided digital study material along with homework under Smile-3.0, e-class, Shiksha-darshan, Shiksha-vani and Hawamahal etc and their continuity of learning was maintained.

The Chief Minister said that Mahatma Gandhi Government (English Medium) Schools were started as 'Flagship Scheme' in 2019 to develop proficiency in the English language and to ensure access to English medium education to poor. So far, 1206 Mahatma Gandhi Government (English Medium) schools have been opened across the state. Students coming from the economically weaker background and rural areas will be able to perform better in the competitive examinations by studying in these English medium schools.  

Mr Gehlot said that 40 new primary schools have been opened in those gram panchayats where there were no schools. All 3832 Government Secondary Schools were upgraded to Senior Secondary Schools and 397 Girls Secondary Schools were also upgraded to Senior Secondary Schools. Similarly, 1127 Upper Primary Schools were upgraded to the level of Secondary and 4441 secondary schools to senior secondary. 446 upper primary schools were directly upgraded to Senior Secondary schools.

Education Minister Dr. B.D. Kalla during the launch programme said that the state government has recruited 77,239 teachers and the recruitment of more than 1 lakh teachers is in process. The State has been in the first position in Inspire Award and Fit India Movement along with the state's score in National Achievement Survey was above the national average.

Minister of State for Education Smt. Jahida Khan said that the state is constantly moving ahead in girls' education. A special campaign is being carried out to link the dropout girls with education and girls' education is being promoted through various schemes. Chief Secretary Smt. Usha Sharma said that the State has carved its niche at the national level with regard to the innovations done in the field of education. Education Department Additional Chief Secretary Shri Pawan Kumar Goyal gave detailed information about the programme.

Primary and Secondary Education Director Mr Gaurav Agarwal, Integrated Education State Project Director Dr Mohan Lal Yadav, R.S.C.E.R.T. Director Ms.Priyanka Jodhawat and senior officers of the education department were present at the launching programme and district collectors, education officers, teachers and students virtually attended the programme.