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GIS to be used to improve schools

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE FEB. 25. The Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, B.K. Chandrashekar, today said the Geographical Information System (GIS) would help the Education Department chalk out a plan to solve problems faced by schools in different parts of the State.

Speaking after launching the GIS for education here, Prof. Chandrashekar said the GIS would help identify the number of schools in taluks and districts, vacant teachers' posts, student-teacher ratio, student enrolment, school-age population, and school dropouts.

The GIS was a tool to develop digital maps and analyse them. It would help reduce manual work and provide authentic data on various facilities available in schools, he said. However, the success of the programme would depend on regular updating of data and its use by the staff involved in the District Primary Education Programme (DPEP), the minister said.

Referring to the report on regional imbalances submitted to the Government by the economist, D.M. Nanjundappa, he said there was a shortage of schools in the north-eastern part of the State. The report recommended that the Government start more primary and secondary schools in that part of the State.

Most of the MLAs and MLCs were demanding schools in every village in their constituency. Given the limited financial resources at the Government's disposal, it was difficult to sanction school in each village, Prof. Chandrashekar said.

The DPEP Director, Vandita Sharma, welcomed the gathering and said a training programme would be organised soon for the State-, district-, and block-level staff of the DPEP to inform them about importance of GIS in education.

In future, efforts would be made to incorporate data on secondary schools in all districts, she said.

The Commissioner, Department of Public Instruction, V.P. Baligar, was present.

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