Odisha Govt to introduce ‘house system’ in every government, aided high schools

Bhubaneswar: Dedicated ‘house systems’ will be introduced in all government and government-aided high schools starting from the next academic year, informed Commissioner-cum-Secretary, School and Mass Education (S&ME) department Aswathy S today.

The house systems will be integrated with the noble objective to foster team spirit, healthy competition and to inculcate the feeling of togetherness among students. The existing model of School Cabinets in elementary schools will also be strengthened.

While the primary schools will have the provision for dedicated School Cabinets, high schools will have inclusive house systems. Depending on the student roll strength, the high school students will be divided into different houses. Students of each house will participate in different group activities revolving in and around the designed aspirational programme on Saturdays.

Chairing the 38th Executive Council meeting of Mo School Abhiyan, Aswathy advised to introduce Student’s Diary and incept an Academic Calendar for schools in all government and government-aided schools. Different directorates along with Mo School will jointly endeavor in this regard.

On the other hand, a special event for alumni members will commence from 26th January at the school and district level with the mission to rope in a greater number of alumni under the umbrella of Mo School for revamping the educational arena of the state.

A proposed programme is underway to organise a state level event with the participation of alumni members, District Education Officers (DEO) and District Collectors in the upcoming month.

The best performing districts will be awarded in the programme; decisions for which were taken in the Executive Council meeting.

Proposals worth ₹230.31 crore from 28 districts have been approved in the Executive Council. Within the past two months 45,388 alumni have joined hands with Mo School Abhiyan and have contributed ₹16.21 crore for the development of their alma mater. Mo School Abhiyan has received grants worth ₹60.56 crore from various CSR funds.

Coupled with the donors’ contribution, CSR funds and a 2X matching grant from the State government, the Executive Council has approved projects worth ₹230.31 crore which will be availed in the development of the 3,820 primary, upper primary and high schools across the state.

The alumni have contributed ₹2.89 crore in Balasore, ₹1.06 crore in Jajpur, ₹67 lakh in Mayurbhanj, ₹59 lakh in Ganjam and ₹44.51 lakh in Cuttack districts, respectively.

Till date, 7.71 lakh alumni have been connected with Mo School Abhiyan. The meeting also witnessed the presence of State Project Director- OSEPA and Member Secretary- Mo School, Additional Secretary, S&ME Deptt, Financial Advisor, S&ME Deptt, Director, Secondary Education, Director, Elementary Education, Director, TE & SCERT, COO, Mo School and OSD, Mo School.

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