Making at least 80% of the students in government schools in Haryana
Grade level competent
Saksham Haryana Education is focussed on improving education in Haryana through systemic interventions. An education transformation cell has been set up in the Chief Minister of Haryana’s office with the overall focus to make at least 80% students in Haryana’s public schools grade level competent by 2019. The key objectives of the program are supporting the education department in improving and implementing existing programs, designing and facilitating implementation of new initiatives for improving quality of education as well as coordinating with district officials to drive impact on ground.
Saksham Haryana Education is currently operational in twenty two districts in Haryana engaging with 15,000 schools, 97,000 teachers and greater than 2 million students.
We began by conducting an in-depth profiling and diagnostics of every district to gain a bottom-up understanding of the issues pertaining to our mandate. Post this diagnostic, we identified and designed key initiatives at two levels – the state level and the district level – directed at four types of stakeholders – students, teachers, administration and the community. A very extensive review and monitoring mechanism is set-up to drive interventions with an initiative champion present in the state headquarters for each initiative along with a Saksham District Team present in every district aided with multiple strong and established communications channels connecting thousands of teachers directly with the CM office.
Over the course of the project, the team has handpicked high impact initiatives to serve the project’s vision.
Initiatives targeting students include ensuring timely delivery of textbooks in the state through supply chain optimization, remedial program (called Learning Enhancement Program) for students behind grade level involving an activity based and peer learning approach, and use of technology such as tablet labs, teacher tabs etc. in the government school classrooms.
At the department’s end, the team is engaged in the transformation of the assessment structure of the state to improve test conduction processes and disseminating meaningful insights from assessment data. This was paired with the overhaul of existing technology systems for cross functional insights across the state’s Management Information System (MIS), Academic Monitoring System (AMS), Monthly Assessment Test (MAT) portals and strengthening communication channels between all stakeholders with new introductions such as e-SMS, IVRS and teacher helpline.
On the organization front, Saksham Education has worked on scientific merger and consolidation of small schools as well as optimizing teacher vacancies in the short and long term.