More than 14,500 schools across the country will be developed as PM-SHRI Schools, the Prime Minister announced on the occasion of teachers’ day on Monday.
Prime Minister Modi on Monday announced the launching of the PM-SRHI yojna, a new centrally sponsored scheme for upgradation and development of more than 14,500 schools across the country by strengthening the selected existing schools from amongst schools managed by central government or state or union territory administration or local governance bodies.
PM SHRI schools will showcase all components of the national education policy 2020 and act as exemplar schools and also offer mentorship to other schools in their vicinity. The aim of these schools will not only be qualitative teaching, learning and cognitive development, but also creating holistic and well-rounded individuals equipped with key twenty-first century skills.
Pedagogy methods adopted in these schools will be more experiential, holistic, integrated, play/toy-based (particularly, in the foundational years) inquiry-driven, discovery-oriented, learner-centred, discussion-based, flexible and enjoyable, says the press release issued by the PIB. Focus will be on achieving proficiency in learning outcomes of every child in every grade.
Assessment at all levels will be based on conceptual understanding and application of knowledge to real life situations and will be competency-based.
The PM-SHRI schools will be equipped with modern infrastructure including labs, smart classrooms, libraries, sports equipment, art room etc. which is inclusive and accessible. These schools shall also be developed as green schools with water conservation, waste recycling, energy-efficient infrastructure and integration of organic lifestyle in curriculum.
They will provide leadership in their respective regions in providing high-quality education in an equitable, inclusive and joyful school environment that takes care of the diverse background, multilingual needs, and different academic abilities of children and makes them active participants in their own learning process as per the vision of new educational policy.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Modi tweeted: “Today, on #TeachersDay I am glad to announce a new initiative – the development and upgradation of 14,500 schools across India under the Pradhan Mantri Schools For Rising India (PM-SHRI) Yojana. These will become model schools which will encapsulate the full spirit of NEP.”
A further tweet read: “The PM-SHRI schools will have a modern, transformational and holistic method of imparting education. Emphasis will be on a discovery oriented, learning centric way of teaching. Focus will also be on modern infra including latest technology, smart classrooms, sports and more.”
“The National Education Policy has transformed the education sector in the recent years. I am certain that the PM-SHRI schools will further benefit lakhs of students across India in the spirit of NEP.”