Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan,Assam Portal
Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan Portal Assam,RMSA
has comprehensive and integrated flagship programme of
Government of India , implemented in the state of Assam for providing quality
and meaningful education to all children in the age group 14-16 years of age for
secondary schools and 16-18 years of age for Higher Secondary Schools in Assam.
Hon’ble Prime minister in his Independence Day speech, 2007 has inter–alias stated
that, “We are setting out a goal of universalizing secondary education. This is
clearly the next step after universalizing elementary education. While the goal
is laudable much work needs to be done before we are in a position to launch the
scheme for Universalisation of Access for Secondary Education (SUCCESS). Its details
need to be quickly spelt out and discussed with States so that we are fully ready
to launch it from. We must not underestimate the complexity of this task as the
principles for universalizing elementary education cannot be easily transferred
to secondary education. The physical, financial, pedagogical and human resource
needs are quite different. We also need to recognize the role currently being played
by the private sector and policy design must factor this in. Detailed strategies
and plans would need to be paid to Districts with SC/ST/OBC/Minority concentration.
The recommendations of the Sachar Committee need to be seriously considered while
planning for this programme.”
The Government of India has decided to implement the various activities and programmes
in the Government schools in the current year under RMSA and it is also decided
to take up only in the Central Government, State Government and Local Body secondary
schools of the state during the initial years, i.e, 2010-11 and 2010-11. Some interventions
are expected to be implemented in other categories of schools i.e. Recognised (Govt.
un-aided) etc. in the subsequent years. Moreover, under the Right to Education Act-2009,
the existing class-VIII which is now transacted in the Secondary (composite) schools
along with class- IX & XII will be transferred to the Elementary Education Department
next academic year. Hence, only classes IX and X will be taken into account during
2010-11 under the RMSA plan and the remaining two classes from XI to XII will also
be incorporated in the later stage gradually. According to the present status of
secondary education in Assam, the number of Govt. and Provincialised secondary schools
with higher secondary classes is not up to the mark and there is always a requirement
of new school or up-gradation of UP schools to achieve the target as per distance
and participation norm.
VISION OF R.M.S.A.
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 – 16 irrespective
of gender, caste, religious denomination, physical and mental disabilities and social
and economic status as to enable them to contribute positively to their own socio-economic
development and that within a reasonable distance from any habitation within 5 kilometers
for secondary schools and 7-10 kilometers for higher secondary schools by Ensuring
universal access of secondary education by 2017 (GER of 100%), and Universal retention
GOALS OF R.M.S.A.
- Provision of a secondary schools within a reasonable distance of any habitation
with a maximum distance of 5 km for expansion of secondary education.
- Ensure GER of 100% by the end of 2017 and a GER 60% by the end of 2012.
- Ensure universal retention by the end of 2020.
- Improvement of the quality of education for all secondary schools. Special emphasis
on SC, ST and other minority children.
OBJECTIVES OF R.M.S.A.
- To ensure provision of physical facilities, staffs and financial support to all
secondary schools of Govt/ Local Body and Govt aided schools as per appropriate
- To improve access to secondary schooling to all young persons according to norms
– through proximate location (Secondary Schools: 5 kms, and Higher Secondary Schools:7-10
kms) / efficient and safe transport arrangements/residential facilities, including
open schooling. In hilly and difficult areas, provision of schooling with relaxed
norms and preferably through Residential mode.
- To ensure satisfactory quality secondary education and no deprivation due to gender,
socio-economic, disability and other barriers.
- To improve quality of secondary education resulting in enhanced intellectual, social
and cultural learning.
- Substantial progress in the direction of the Common School System.