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Himachal adopts cluster school system for optimal use of infrastructure : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Shimla, December 21

The Department of Education of Himachal Pradesh has adopted a cluster school system for optimal utilization of manpower and infrastructure to achieve the goal of quality education and notified 1,023 clusters with 4,97,631 registrations.

Based on area and accessibility, the schools in the group (middle, high school and high school) notified by the Department of Higher Education included 1,878 public high schools (GSSS), 931 public high schools (GHS) and 1,895 public colleges.

The maximum number of 182 clusters was reported in Shimla followed by 161 in Mandi, 134 in Kangra, 121 in Chamba, 109 in Sirmaur, 84 in Solan, 63 in Hamirpur, 58 in Kullu, 42 in Bilaspur, 37 in Una, 23 in Kinnaur and 21 in Lahaul and Spiti.

The initiative, a component of the New Education Policy (NEP), 2020 would go a long way towards sharing the facilities of all schools in a group, as not all autonomous schools have 100% facilities in terms of concerns sports, playgrounds, auditoriums, laboratories and human resources, said director of higher education Amarjeet Sharma.

This would be very helpful for children in rural areas as facilities not available in small stand-alone schools would be accessible in clustered schools and it would also help provide greater exposure to students, encourage health competition and to provide equal opportunities to all, he said.

The cluster system would help with decentralized planning and decision-making at the cluster level, availability and sharing of physical and human resources within the cluster and there would be no isolation of schools.

It would also ensure the integration of art, sport, storytelling and information and communication technologies in the teaching-learning process, the availability of counselors and the implementation of teaching professional in all schools.

Allow facility sharing

  • The initiative, a component of the New Education Policy (NEP), 2020 will allow facilities to be shared among all schools in a cluster, as not all stand-alone schools have 100% facilities with respect to sports, playgrounds, auditoriums, laboratories and human resources.
  • It will be very useful for children in rural areas as facilities not available in small stand-alone schools will be accessible in cluster schools
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