Over the years, the Boards of Secondary Education have undergone a process of functional change from being examination Boards to Secondary Education Boards and finally to Boards of School Education. This has resulted in many modifications in the working of the Boards. Even then, the Boards are facing many challenges.
The main challenge before the Boards are that there is a constant threat of knowledge getting obsolete day by day, on the other the requirement for updating the existing facilities remains a financial challenge. The Boards need to widen the sphere of their operations and increasingly support schools in undertaking innovative activities and in offering high quality education. They need to adopt several measures, for instance, concerning academic guidance and supervision, preparation of quality teaching-learning material, adoption of progressive modes of evaluating students' performance, training of teachers, principals and other personnel, and evaluation of the performance of schools affiliated to them. In addition, revolutionary advancements in communications technology have broken the national boundaries. As a consequence, globalization has created several avenues and possibilities for educational sector. Therefore, there is exigency to see how Boards of Secondary Education are prepared for facing these challenges. The Boards must think constantly about the ways and means to absorb the changes.
The present book deals with role of Boards in managing change and quality of Secondary Education in four states of India, i.e., Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.
Manju Narula, Ph. D. in Education, is working in NIEPA. She has been trained in educational planning and management from International Institute of Educational Planning, Paris. She is specialized in organizational issues in educational management, especially the multi-dimensional issue of institutional effectiveness. She has authored/edited four books and published several research papers and book chapters on critical issues of school education as well as of higher education.
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Quality in School Education and Role of Education Board
Introduction ; Curriculum Planning and Development ; Instructional Mechanism; Evaluation and Assessment; Methodology; Sampling; Data Collection ; Data Analysis; Chapterisation
Perspective on Secondary School System
Introduction; United States of America; Japan; England and Wales; Iceland; France; Germany; Sweden; Ethiopia; Lesotho; Swaziland; Zambia; Russian Federation; South Korea; Thailand; China; Conclusions
Himachal Pradesh School Education Board
HP Board of School Education; Role and Functions of the Board; Thrust Areas of the Board; Financial Administration; Funding Pattern; Interaction with the Board Officials; Recommendations
Board of Secondary Education - Madhya Pradesh
Organisational Structure of Board; Functions of the Board; Decentralisation; Functions; Subject Combination Allowed for XII Examination; Examination Framework; Financial Management; Interaction with the Board Officials
School Education Boards in West Bengal
West Bengal Board of Secondary Education; West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education; West Bengal Board of Madrasah Education; Major Functions of the Board; Committees; Education System; Courses and Programmes; Expansion of Madrasah Education; Rabindra Mukta Vidhalaya (State Open School), Kolkata
Board of Secondary Education - Andhra Pradesh
Organisational Set-up; Functions of the Board; Academic Functions; Steps Taken in Context of Erosion of Social, Moral and Spiritual Values; Instructional Techniques; Paper Setting; Examination Centres; Major Examination Reforms; Students Performance; Sources of Income; Examination Fees; Interaction with Board Officials; Text-books Updation; Introduction of Life Skills Education; Status of Computerisation; Coordination and Linkage with All Educational Departments; Computerisation of Examination Result; Sharing of Examination Results; Announcement of Results; Capacity Building Programmes for Experienced Principals; Capacity Building Programmes for Newly Recruited Teachers; Preparation of Modules; Orientation Materials for Parents, Community Members; Recommendations
Quality Secondary Education for Global Competitiveness -Conclusions
Comparative Scenario of Secondary Education in Four States; Medium of Instruction; Decentralisation; Headquarters of Boards; Status and Composition of the Board; Function of the Board; Inspection of Schools; Curriculum Development; Vocational Education; Examination; Re-evaluation/Revaluation Facility; Supplementary Examination; Composite Curriculum; Pattern of Question Paper; Multi-Set Question Paper Method; Paper Setter; Non-detention system; Grace Marks; Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation; Number of Chances Given for Clearing a Public Examination; Checking Unfair Means in Examinations; Financial Management; Information Technology Courses; Journal Published; Computerisation of Examination Results; Declaration of Results; Research Wing; Merit List; Conclusions; Recommendations