BHUBANESWAR-The State Government has decided to impart teaching in 19 tribal languages at the primary school level.
A decision to this effect was taken at the general body meeting of the Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) presided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The entire exercise is meant to familiarise tribal children, who do not have knowledge in Odia, with their course, Minister of State for School and Mass Education Rabi Narayan Nanda said.
Teachers from the tribal communities knowing both the languages (tribal and Odia) will be appointed for the purpose.
The number of drop-out students at the primary level, which was 10 lakh in 2002, has come down to 19,000. The gender gap among the students has decreased to 0.11 per cent from 9.14 per cent in 2002.
The State Government has already started teaching in 10 tribal languages in eight districts. This will now be extended to 19 tribal languages in 15 districts.
Besides, a decision has been taken to introduce a remedial teaching programme named ‘Sahaja’ from next academic year for creating a minimum level of learning competency among the students.
It has been decided to open 1,188 high schools and upgrade 754 primary schools as high schools. Official sources said while construction of 77 high schools has been completed, the rest will be finished in time.
More than 18,000 teacher posts have been created at the high school level and steps are being taken to fill those up.
Training is imparted to 45,000 teachers of Classes IX and X every year since 2010 to improve the quality of teaching.