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Samagra Shiksha Kerala to launch tinkering labs in Kozhikode schools

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Samagra Shiksha Kerala (SSK) has launched a tinkering labs project for schools in Kozhikode with a view to modernise science learning, the Hindu reported.

It has been reported that ₹10 lakh has been allocated to each school to set up tinkering labs. A press release by SSK in this regard said thatREC Government Higher Secondary School, Chathamangalam, N.N. Kakkad Memorial Government Higher Secondary School, Avitanallur, and Government Sanskrit Higher Secondary School, Meppayil, Vadakara, would launch the laboratories in 2022 itself.

The labs will help students of Classes 7 to 12 and are aimed at leading students to new ideas and entrepreneurship. The equipment in the lab will encompass artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printers, sensor technology kits, miniature electronic equipment etc.

Samagra Shiksha is an overarching programme for the school education sector extending from pre-school to class 12 has been, therefore, prepared with the broader goal of improving school effectiveness measured in terms of equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes. It subsumes the three Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE).

This sector-wide development programme/scheme also aims to help harmonise the implementation mechanisms and transaction costs at all levels, particularly in using state, district and sub-district level systems and resources, besides envisaging one comprehensive strategic plan for development of school education at the district level. The shift in the focus is from project objectives to improving systems level performance and schooling outcomes which will be the emphasis of the combined Scheme along-with incentivizing States towards improving quality of education.

The major objectives of the Scheme are provision of quality education and enhancing learning outcomes of students; Bridging Social and Gender Gaps in School Education; Ensuring equity and inclusion at all levels of school education; Ensuring minimum standards in schooling provisions; Promoting Vocationalisation of education; Support States in implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009; and Strengthening and up-gradation of SCERTs/State Institutes of Education and DIET as a nodal agencies for teacher training.

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