Depleting standards of education in the rural areas of the country is no secret to anyone. In order to raise standard of learning of village schools, HRD ministry is working on an initiative involving student exchange programmes between large and reputed city schools and village schools.
To further the efforts, a list of schools from organisations like the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and CBSE has been sought by ministry so that around 100 rural and urban schools can be clubbed in the initial phase.
State government has also been asked by ministry to identify some urban and rural schools for the student exchange programme and is planning to begin "pilots" in some of the states like Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal. The idea is to that students from rural schools will visit those in urban areas for a week and vice versa, while both institutions may also execute projects, which could range from story-telling to problem solving in various fields together.
Schools performing better would be able to help those who are lagging behind. It will help in linking private or government schools in urban or semi-urban areas for interaction and exchange of experience. It will be a new learning experience for students.
It's believed that this idea was brought up at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was suggested that the department of school education (DSE) should formulate such a programme.
Its focus is to create partnership so that school with better infrastructure and facilities can share it with the less accessible one. All this is because on the priority list of government, improving education in schools, especially those in rural areas, is high. Also, ministry is trying to rope in young professionals entering the field of teaching into internships in rural schools.