DoE wants pre-primary schools to be regulated

Goa Primary School studentsPanaji: After repeated failed attempts to get pre-primary schools in Goa to register with the directorate of education (DoE), the DoE has now submitted a proposal to the state to regulate the functioning of preschools.

The DoE also plans to bring anganwadis, currently under the directorate of women and child development, under its ambit to ensure better regulation.

Director of education G P Bhat said that it has been proposed that a committee be set up to draw guidelines for pre-primary schools in their functioning, aiding in their regulation.

“The committee to be formed will decide on the minimum area a pre-primary school should possess to be allowed to operate and will decide the nature of the syllabus these schools should follow,” Bhat said.

The DoE has been unable to convince unaided private pre-primary schools in Goa to come forward to register with the department as there are no incentives linked to the registration.

It has been six years since the state government notified its policy to register and regulate education at the pre-primary level, but the purpose of the policy remains defeated as private unaided pre-primary schools have been kept out of the policy’s ambit.

Private unaided pre-primary schools are free to mushroom around the state with it not being mandatory for them to register with the DoE.

The Right of Child to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 sees pre-primary schooling as ‘early childhood care and education’ that prepares children for primary school. But the lack of control in Goa over preschools allows them to operate even from dingy premises at present and lets them impart a syllabus which could be inappropriate for early years of learning.