|Programmes and Activities|
Report of programmes and activities of SIEMAT-KERALA after the 11th Meeting of Executive Committee 2011
PROGRAMMES & ACTIVITIES 2009 - 2010
1) Management Training Programmes and Workshops
The management trainings given by SIEMAT-KERALA in the academic year 2007-08 began with HMs of schools. It was followed by training programmes for AEOs, DEOs and a DDEs/ DIET Principals/ DPOs. Soon SIEMAT identified that effective monitoring can be done only through imparting training in the reverse order. Hence in 2008-09 SIEMAT-KERALA organized initially management training programmes for educational officers of the districts such as RDDs of HSE, ADs of VHSE, DDEs, DIET Principals and DPOs. They conducted training programmes to the educational district and sub-district level officers like DEOs, AEOs , BPOs, DIET faculty members and OSST members. This group of officers planned and conducted training programmes for the principals and HMs of the schools throughout the state. Thus SIEMAT-KERALA effectively introduced decentralization not only in planning of school activities but also in imparting management training programmes. This new strategy of reversing the order of training programmes helps in monitoring of the activities of the persons trained.
2) Review and Planning Workshops
SIEMAT-KERALA successfully introduced monthly review and planning workshops from the state level to the school level for the first time in Kerala (first time in India itself). Every month the Directors of General Education Department assemble for reviewing activities of the previous month and plan activities for the next month with the Honorable Minister for Education himself leading the meeting. Following this the state level review and planning workshop of the district level officers are conducted as a two-day residential workshop. They also review the activities of the previous month and plan activities for the next month. The calendar of activities for the coming month is prepared, the modules for the district level educational officers meeting and one-day HMs’ conferences are broadly prepared. The officers go to their respective districts and the one-day conference of Educational officers in the district is held in all districts for review and planning. The district level officers conduct one-day HMs’ Conferences throughout the state. In many places, the PECs and school SRGs are convened every month to review and plan activities. This new management strategy introduced by SIEMAT-KERALA made it easier to review the activities of the previous month and plan activities of the next month from the state level to the school level within a week. This helped to bring convergence in all activities of General Education Department. The convergence in the General Education Department soon extended to other departments under the Government. The Honorable Ministers and officials of the Forest Department and the Health Department also participated in the state level review and planning workshops held in the month of November 2008.
3) Management Training for Newly Promoted AEOs
For the first time in the history of the Education Department in Kerala, all the 73 newly promoted AEOs were given management training in the academic year 2008 within three months of their promotion. This was a step in the right direction and was the fulfilment of a dream. In the last academic year also SIEMAT-KERALA succeeded in training all educational officers in the state. But the officers obtained the training many years after their promotion to administrative post from the teaching post. SIEMAT-KERALA has already completed two batches of training and also conducted the review in February 2009.
4) Management Training for HMs and Matrons of Special Schools (HI & VI)
The special schools in the state were not paid due attention for a long time. SIEMAT-KERALA for the first time in the history of Special Schools conducted a 4-day residential management-training programme for all the HMs of the special schools (HI & VI) in the state. An open forum of all agencies in the state concerned with the education of children with special needs was conducted as part of the training. This enabled to solve many long time pending issues, deliver proper educational help and guidance to the students of these schools. The participants of the training programme visited NISH and interacted with the children, parents and teachers there. SIEMAT-KERALA identified many issues of the children with special needs and placed it before the Government. The participants and experts who attended the training programme requested the Government to take immediate steps to make it mandatory to conduct screening of all children at the time of birth for identifying disabilities.
5) Management Training Programme for Matrons of Special Schools
SIEMAT-KERALA conducted Management Training Programme for the matrons of special schools (HI & VI) in two batches at Trivandrum. The matrons who are living with the children of special schools day and night were not given any type of training for their work. This was the first training received by them in their entire service.
6) Convergence of IEDC activities
Integrated Education for Disabled Children is an area that needs convergence most. SIEMAT-KERALA conducted a convergence workshop to co-ordinate the IEDC activities of the SSA, IEDC cell in the Directorate of Public Instruction, DIETs, SCERT and Panchayaths. The convergence workshop was successful in all aspects as it drafted a plan of action for the co-ordination of activities in the area of IEDC from the state level to school level.
7) Management Training for Administrative Staff in the State Dealing with IEDC Activities
The distribution of scholarships, materials etc to the children with special needs is a major activity of the General Education Department. SIEMAT-KERALA imparted management training to all administrative staff in the General Education Department in 14 district centres in the state DD Offices, SSA, Panchayats, DIETs, DEO offices, AEO offices etc. The total participants were about 700 in 14 centers (district wise) in the state.
About 700 persons participated in the programme. Such a training was conducted in the state for the first time.
8) IEDC activities of DHSE and VHSE
SIEMAT-KERALA conducted a workshop of ADs, RDDs and all administrative staff dealing with the welfare of children with special needs in the Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary Education. The parents of the children also attended the programme.
9) Guidelines for Teachers’ Award
SIEMAT-KERALA has prepared a handbook dealing with various aspects of the Teachers’ Award in schools of Kerala coming under DPI, DHSE and VHSE. The report is submitted to the Government.
10) Guidelines for Selecting Teachers for Examination Work in Gulf and Lakshadweep
SIEMAT-KERALA prepared guidelines for the selection of teachers for conducting examinations work in Gulf and Lakshadweep.
11) Pre-Primary Education
SIEMAT-KERALA is preparing a handbook on Pre-Primary Education.
12) Handbook on Panchayath Raj and Education
SIEMAT-KERALA has prepared a handbook on Panchayat Raj and Education. This book will be an authentic reference book on the subject when it is published.
13) Education Development Programmes (“Pulari” and “Shreyes”)
Pulari: -SIEMAT-KERALA has successfully introduced Educational Development Programme in 65 schools of 8 Panchayats in Kundara constituency in Kollam district. Eleven areas of activities are identified. Visible changes have occurred in the schools where this scheme named “Pulari” is implemented. The PECs, CPTAs and MPTAs of 8 Panchayaths have been strengthened due to the programme. This programme is a model for the state.
Shreyes: -SIEMAT-KERALA successfully developed and implemented a programme for overall development of the school named “Shreyes” in Government Central High School, Attakkulangara, Thiruvananthapuram in the academic year 2007-08.The overall performance of the school improved because of the programme.
14) Documentation of Activities of the General Education Department
(“Sardhakom 2007”/ “Realizations 2007”)
The Department of General Education, Kerala State, in collaboration with the Local Self Governments and other Governmental organizations has been engaged in lot of pioneering activities to improve the quality of education in the academic year 2007-2008, declared as the year of Effective Governance by the state. SIEMAT-KERALA has undertaken a documentation of activities in the General Education Department. The consolidated report on these activities prepared by SIEMAT-KERALA has been published by Sarva Siksha Abhiyan-Kerala. A 220-paged book “Sardhakom 2007” is published in Malayalam. The English version of the book is named as “Realizations 2007”.
15) Hand Book on Scholarships
SIEMAT-KERALA proposes to publish a book on all scholarships available to students of the schools from class I to XII. This will be an authentic record for the reference to the students for applying and obtaining scholarships.
16) “Ente Nadu-Ente Swapnam”
SIEMAT-KERALA with the co-operation of the Eco-Tourism Directorate is implementing the project “Ente nadu-ente swapnam” as a try out in Higher Secondary Schools coming under “ Pulari” scheme.
17) Cluster Monitoring
SIEMAT-KERALA prepared a monitoring tool and guidelines for the cluster monitoring of top level Educational Officers in the state. 23 AEOs were also given special training to monitor cluster-training programmes. SIEMAT has identified many serious issues facing the cluster training programmes and submitted proposal to rectify them.
18) Empowerment of DIETs in Kerala
SIEMAT-KERALA has formulated an action plan to empower the DIETs in Kerala. Two day residential workshop for the DIET Principals and one senior DIET faculty member from the 14 DIETs was held at Thiruvananthapuram. Definite programmes were planned to strengthen the DIETs and to define the role, function and activities of the different departments in the DIET. SIEMAT-KERALA will co-operate with DIETs to plan and implement many action oriented research and training programmes. The DIET faculty was given separate management training at 8 centres with the help of the DIETs. The DIETs will also conduct action research studies and workshops with the active support of SIEMAT- KERALA. SIEMAT-KERALA wishes to keep close link with the DIETs and use the DIETs as its district level agents.
19) Support 2009
As a first step, to bring convergence and co-ordination to the lower level activities a two-day residential workshop for the DEOs, AEOs, DIET Faculty members, BPOs was conducted in January 2009 in all districts. The programme will discuss strategies to make the cluster training programmes, District Educational Officers Conferences, HMs’ Conferences, BRC meetings, PEC meetings, Class PTA meetings and IEDC activities more effective.
20) Impact Study of the Single Window System for Admission to +1 Class of Higher Secondary Education
The State Government introduced Single Window System for admission to +1 classes in the state in the year 2008-2009. SIEMAT-KERALA has conducted an impact study on this. The report is submitted to the Government.
21) International Seminar on Secular Education
SIEMAT-KERALA took an active part in organizing and conducting the International Seminar on Secular education from 4 to 6 December 2008 at University Campus, Thiruvananthapuram. The Director of SIEMAT-KERALA was the convener of the reception committee. Five members of theacademic staff of SIEMAT-KERALA participated in the seminar as delegates.
22) Special Management Training for HMs/AEOs Having Five or More Years of Service to Retire
SIEMAT-KERALA prepared a scheme to give management training to all Government High School HMs and AEOs who have more than five years service to retire. About 120 teachers are identified already. In connection with the training programme action research is also planned. All the participants are to undertake an action research on a topic related to school education in the state or country. Faculty members in the DIETs will guide the research work. The DIETs will be the centre for the research work. After conducting the study for three months, the participants have to submit a project report to SIEMAT. These HMs/AEOs have chances to get promotion to the higher levels in the department. An early training to them will help in the effective functioning of the department in the years to come. SIEMAT-KERALA completed the first batch training on 18-20 December 2008.
SIEMAT-KERALA intends to publish a quarterly bulletin in English.
24) Translation of Modules and Other Activity Documents to English
SIEMAT-KERALA has conducted a number of management training programmes and workshops. But all the modules are prepared in Malayalam. The educationalists from other states are not able to understand the modules and also the strategies adopted by SIEMAT-KERALA. Therefore SIEMAT-KERALA is translating the modules to English.
25) Action Research
SIEMAT-KERALA proposes to start a series of action research studies using the faculty of DIETs on the topics given below:
a) A research study on the effectiveness of IEDC Programme of implementation on the State (Try out, with Ernakulam DIET).
b) A research study on one day HMs conference: To understand the effectiveness of the conference.
c) A research study on library utilization in schools (with Kottayam DIET)
d) A research study on child friendly school environment (primary schools).
e) A research study on special fees utilization in schools
f) A Vision paper on pre-primary education.
g) A comparative study on the activities of Government aided/unaided schools in Alappuzha district (with Alappuzha DIET).
h) A research study on the effectiveness of cluster training on all subjects at primary level conducted during the academic year 2008-09(with Pathanamthitta DIET).
26) Handbook on the activities of Education Department
SIEMAT-KERALA has prepared a handbook on the activities of Education Department during the year 2007- 08, the year of effective governance. The SIET has made a short film based on this book.
27) RMSA Project
SIEMAT-KERALA has prepared a project for submitting to MHRD on Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).
28) Project proposal for the Augmentation of DIETs
SIEMAT-KERALA has prepared a project on the augmentation of DIETs in Kerala for submitting to MHRD.
29) Parental Awareness Programme for the parents of children with special needs
SIEMAT-KERALA, with the help of the IEDC cell of DPI conducted management training to 2500 parents of Children With Special Needs(CWSN) who are to appear for SSLC examination in March 2009 in 14 district centres in the state. Shri M A Baby, former Minister for Education and Culture inaugurated the training programme at Thiruvananthapuram on 18 February 2009. Shri. M A Baby on the spot ordered to provide ambulance service with structure for attending SSLC Exam to Gayathri, a student of Government Girls High School, Sreekariyam who is bedridden for the last 3 years.
30) One Day Training for the Interpreters of Children with special needs appearing for the SSLC Examination.
SIEMAT-KERALA conducted a one day orientation programme for the Resource Teachers who act as interpreters for the SSLC examination at 14 district centres in the state with the help of the IEDC cell of DPI. The interpreters are enlightened to do their role with utmost care and devotion. Nearly 1200 persons participated in the programme.
31) Micro Level Planning of Activities
The process of micro level planning of activities in the General Education Department with the help of project management tool software is in progress.
The Table Below Shows the Rapid Growth in the Activities of SIEMAT-KERALA from its Inception in July 2005
As part from the above SIEMAT-KERALA has given academic support for training of the 11696 HMs, 1126 DHSE Principals and 385 VHSE Principals in the state during 2007-08 and 2008-09.
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