The District Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has launched a scheme to provide on-site support by a team of trainers to schools.

Usually, one or two trainers from the block resource centres would visit schools to provide them various kinds of support.

To make this initiative more effective, the district SSA has formed entire groups called Team On-Site Support (OSS) to support schools in academic and other activities.

These teams of 10 to 12 members will visit one school in each panchayat and interact with school authorities and students over a couple of days to understand the functioning of the schools so as to make effective interventions, be it in studies, or functioning of class libraries and biodiversity parks. Once the needs are identified, the team will draw up plans on the activities to be taken up and help teachers to implement them. The panchayat education committee will be briefed on the activities taken up in schools, said District SSA Project Officer B. Sreekumaran.

The teams will be led by the block programme officer and comprise trainers and special coordinators.

The teams will later be split into two to cover more panchayats. Starting this month, the District SSA plans to cover one school in each panchayat by the middle of September, before starting the next round to reach out to more schools, he said.

Camps

The District SSA is also conducting camps for differently abled children to identify the equipment they need. Children from Classes 1 to 12 are attending the camps. Children whose equipment has run into trouble are also being covered.

After the camps conclude, a count will be taken of the total equipment needed in the district – be it the number of wheelchairs, or hearing aids, spectacles, or artificial leg. After this, e-tendering will be done to purchase the equipment. The district purchase committee will open the e-tenders and award the work.

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