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Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh turned table on opposition BJP today indicating that he was implicated in false cases on behest of its leaders. Mr. Singh who was addressing a public gathering in his assembly segment in this district alleged that BJP leaders of this hill state had always indulged in playing divisive politics. Charging saffron party for tactic he said that its leaders were trying to implicate him in false cases. Expressing confidence that recent CBI probe would not damage him at all stating that rather than harming his reputation these cases made me stronger, octogenarian leader asserted. ”I am sure that propaganda and cheap tactics would not last longer as truth prevails in the end” he said adding that citizens of this nation are well educated and would not become an easy prey of such tactics. Advising BJP leaders to shun mean character assassination Mr. Singh said they should accept the truth that incumbent congress rule is committed for all-round and speedy development of the entire state. Chief minister charged that his government had lodged cases against State Cricket Association led by BJP member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur Mr. Anurag Thakur as during last BJP rule valuable land worth crores of rupees was handed over to the cricket body to raise five star hotels and cricket stadium at Dharamsala. Mr. Singh said that this land was shown barren after axing hundreds of trees standing on it. Overnight HPCA was converted to a company comprising of 25 members most of them are kith and kin of the former Chief Minsiter Prem Kumar Dhumal. He has demanded that HPCA should be registered under the co-operative act.

Online assessment survey underway in Shimla district : SSA

In order to evaluate the quality of education imparted in 2,256 schools of Shimla district, online ‘Assessment Baseline Survey’ is being conducted under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

Delivering a lecture on progress of SSA in second day function of Bharat Nirman Jansuchana Abhiyan organised by Press information Bureau at Government Senior Secondary School at Sunni, DIET (District Institute of Education Training) Principal, Chander Prakash said that all 73,960 students enrolled in state run schools brought under this program.

Improving the quality of education and imparting teacher training to the teachers are mandate of SSA for which Rs. 28.73 crore has been earmarked, he said adding that Rs. 9 crore has been spent this year.

The SSA is conducting examination after every three months to update online ABS data under each DIET Coordinators in the district while 32 schools were been placed under NGO for taste sampling.

“Under Combined Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) program 60 percent marks of ABS survey to be added to the final result of student would also help to test teaching skills of each teacher”, official disclosed. SSA was granting Rs. 1400 per school to conduct tests of students and to update it on SSA website.

Due to lack of lands and running of schools in private premises 250 schools still have no toilet facility whereas funds are available with the SSA. Resource person  said that 27 schools have been provided with computer aided learning material and this facility is being extended in phased manner in rest of the schools further.

Similarly, 40 smart classrooms have been dedicated  to students which are equipped with electronic blackboard. He said that one month free training is being given to teachers before starting smart classrooms.

It will also impart 60 days training to teachers to train them about Teaching Learning Material (TLM) as thrust is being given to upgrade their skill to prepare TLM from zero to Rs. 500 material and also to ensure its use in the classroom while teaching.

Grant has been provided to every school from range of Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 per year and ‘Teaching learning Equipment’ is also made available to them. Besides this, it also offers Rs. 15,000 expense for electricity in each school.

He said that efforts are continue to impart education under mainstream to ‘children with special needs’ after identifying 2300 students and providing them free medical reimbursement, surgery expenses and escort allowance of Rs. 300 per month.

Moreover, 120 CWS were also getting education under integrated education program in five NGO’s run home cum schools as CWS with 40 percent disabilities are being enrolled .

Implementing Supreme Court directions the SSA is also releasing fund to construct the ramps and railings in the school campus and trying to collect community donation for such work.

The attendance and regularity of students have improved substantially after running of mid day meals smoothly, beside it has helped to improve the turnout in the school, he added.

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