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5.5.1 NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY, 1979

1. PRIMARY EDUCATION

i) Development and Improvement

The policy envisaged that primary school enrolment would be increased that all boys of school age were enrolled by 1982-83. Universal enrollment for boys would be attained by 1986- 87.

In case of girls, universalization would be achieved by 1992. Necessary provision in the from of physical facilities, instructional materials and pre-service and in-service education of teachers would be made to achieve the target. A number of non-formal means would also be used to achieve universalization of primary education opening of nearly five thousand mosques schools was a step in that direction.

ii) Other programmes for the development of primary education in the policy were related to:

  • Wastage would be eliminated to achieve 60percent literary rate by 1982-83 and 100percent thereafter.
  • About 17000 new primary schools would be set-up.
  • Nearly 1300 new primary schools would be opened mainly in the rural areas.
  • About 5000 mosque schools would be established for boys.
  • Equipment would be provided strengthen 12000 existing schools.
  • Text books would be supplied to all students at primary level.
  • About 100 supplementary Readers would be provided to each new primary school.
  • All primary schools would be provided Teaching Kits,
  • A nation wide School Mapping exercise would be earned out to evolve a process of school location planning.
  • Fund budgeted for primary education would not be used for other purposes
  • Community resources and participation would be effectively mobilized.
  • The policy initiated to recognize, institutionalize and strengthen “Mohalla Schools” to provide educational facilities to female children, youth, and adults in the community.
  • The policy for adults also provided to establish Village Workshop Schools under phased programmes to impart useful skills to dropped out and other left out children.

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