Owing to Goa’s rich cultural heritage, the education system is deeply rooted in the society and it is seen as a means of grooming well rounded citizens that contributes to harmonious human development. The figures speak for themselves. Going by the 2011 Census, Goa has the 5th highest literacy rate among the states in the country. The literacy rate in Goa is 87.40% which is considerably higher than the national average of 74.04%.
The National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) which has been implemented is already bearing fruit for the state. Quite a number of schemes and scholarships are also made available to students in Goa.
Programmes laid out by the District Institute for Education and Trainings (DIETs) and the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) have gained credibility. While IGNOU centres have been around for quite some time in Goa, the trend for online distance learning is also gaining ground.
School Education in Goa
Over the last few decades the government of Goa has taken great strides to ensure that education is universally valued in the state. This has been done by upgrading the curriculum, providing teachers with the latest training methods, introducing new vocational opportunities and streamlining the administration. This process has been done keeping in mind the principles of the constitution and the 1986 National policy, which was modified in 1992.
The Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme has addressed the Compulsory Education Act (1995) that stipulates that no child between the age of 6 and 14 should be out of School. While national projects such as the Bal Bhavan institute has promoted a holistic approach to creative education at the rural level.
There are over 2,000 schools in Goa. This includes 83 Higher Secondary Schools, 381 High Schools, 72 Middle Schools, and 1243 Primary Schools. Goa also has 18 Special Schools, 23 National Open Schools and 7 technical Schools. There are also quite a number of private home run Pre-primary kindergartens which are not affiliated to Schools.
Higher Education in Goa
In 2016, a total of 18,066 students passed their SSC exams in Goa. This represents a very high 90.93% pass rate, which was a considerable increase on the previous year of 85.15%. There was similar success in the HSSC results with Goa achieving a passing rate of 92%, compared to 89% in 2015.
These positive results have further increased the demand for higher education. Currently there are approximately 72 colleges in Goa, which includes professional, Non-professional and technical institutions.
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