Goa State Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has set up a committee to study the Vertical Mobility of students amidst the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the state. The state had earlier decided to begin the classes for schools and colleges in the first week of June 2020 but was postponed due to the extension of the lockdown. The revised dates for reopening the schools will be decided after July 15, 2020.
The committee including the Director of Education, Director of Technical Education, and Director of Higher Education was formed after the Chief Minister who is also the education minister conducted a meeting. In the meeting, it was decided that the recruitment rules in which the changes can be made for the Government Jobs to accommodate the Vocational Students will be examined.
Additional Divisions in Vocational Scheme
Along with this, a decision on additional divisions in the vocational scheme was taken. As per this, additional divisions in the vocational scheme will not be allowed and the schools which have more than three vocational courses will not be permitted to conduct extra courses.
It was further informed that the redistribution among the Self Help Groups supplying mid-day meals will be done so that equality is maintained with respect to the number of students availing the mid-day meal facility. As per the decision taken the aided primary schools will be covered under the maintenance grants instead of the existing scheme of Rs. 400 per child every month. The pre-primary schools will be regulated as per the Goa School Education Act and Rules.
Remuneration of part-time instructors to be increased
In the meeting conducted the remuneration of part-time instructors under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan will be increased from Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 22,000 per month. The vocational teachers in government-aided schools will be known as Contract Basis Vocational Teachers. The term Full-Time Contract Basis, Double part-time, and single part-time, etc have been removed.