Panaji: Goa government is not in favour of
starting full day schools from the current academic year
although the education department has claimed that there is
infrastructure in place to run schools for full day.
State Education Minister Atanasio Monserratte told agency
today that the concept of full day schools which are mandatory
under Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 has been kept on hold
by the state government.
He said Goa will adopt whatever is possible from the RTE
Act, while rest would be implemented in phases later. From RTE
Act, the state has already implemented no detention policy,
which bars failing of students from first to eighth standard.
The education department has also issued circular giving
guidelines for Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE).
The officials, however, said that CCE cannot be
implemented without a full day school concept.
"We have infrastructure in place in almost 80 per cent of
the schools, where full day school can be started
immediately," Anil Powar, assistant director, Education
He said that while a normal student requires teaching of
five hours, those who are weak in learning will have to be
taught for seven-and-half hours daily by holding remedial
Monserratte said the state government is not clear about
many liabilities under RTE like additional grants to be paid
to the schools after English is made Medium of Instruction
Although the rough estimates are that state will have to
cough up annually Rs 20 crore additional financial liability,
the minister said that they are yet to work out actual
"There will be no liability as far as aided schools are
concerned. The issue is only with unaided schools," he said.
The education department record indicates that there are
834 Marathi Government primary schools, 46 Marathi aided
primary schools, 33 Konkani medium aided primary schools of
Archidiocese Board of Education (wing of Goa Church) and two
Urdu Government Primary schools.