1. VISION :
The vision for Secondary Education is to make good quality education available, accessible and affordable to all young persons in the age group of 14-18 years. Keeping this vision in mind, we may achieve the following targets:
To provide a Secondary / Higher secondary School within a reasonable distance i.e. 5 kilometer for Secondary Schools and 7 -10 kilometers for Higher Secondary Schools.
Ensure Universal Access of Secondary Education by 2017
Ensure Universal Retention by 2020
To provide access to Secondary Education with special references :
Economically weaker sections of the society,
The educationally backward sections,
The girls and the disabled children residing in rural areas
Other marginalized categories like - SC, ST, OBC and Educationally
Backward Minorities (EBM).
In order to meet the challenge of Universalisation of Secondary Education (USE), there is a need for a paradigm shift in the conceptual design of Secondary Education. The guiding principles in this regard are -
Universal Access, Equality, Social Justice,
Relevance and Development
Curricular and Structural Aspects.
Move towards equity.
If these values are to be established in the system, all types of schools, including unaided private schools will also contribute towards Universalisation of Secondary Education (USE) by ensuring adequate enrolments for the children from under privileged society and the children Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
In this goal achieving exercise following will be the main objectives :
To ensure that all Secondary Schools have physical facilities, staffs and supplies according to the prescribed standards through financial support from appropriate regulatory mechanism.
To improve access to Secondary Schooling to all young persons according to norms - through proximate location (say, Secondary Schools within 5 kms, and Higher Secondary Schools within 7-10 kms)
Efficient and safe transport arrangements/residential facilities, depending on local circumstances including open schooling.
In hilly and difficult areas, these norms can be relaxed. Preferably residential schools may be set up in such areas.
To ensure that no child is deprived of Secondary Education of satisfactory quality due to gender, socio-economic, disability and other barriers.
To improve quality of Secondary Education resulting in enhanced intellectual, social and cultural learning.
To ensure that all students pursuing Secondary Education receive education of good quality.