Rajasthan: Adarsh Yojana Programme

The Opportunity

Under the leadership of Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje and driven by the Secretary of Secondary Education, Mr. Naresh Gangwar; Rajasthan has embarked on an ambitious project to improve the quality of public school education in the state.

Like most states in the country, Rajasthan too – ladened with fragmented schools, teacher vacancies and insufficient governance – has seen low achievement in student learning outcomes. Until last year:

  • Rajasthan had over 80,000 schools many of which were single section (i.e. only primary or only secondary), small (i.e. less than 30 students per grade) and hence often multi-graded
  • The state had over 50 percent vacant teacher positions and over 60 percent principal vacancies
  • Elementary schools suffered from lack of governance, oversight and academic support
  • Quality of education in elementary schools thus suffered; Rajasthan is ranked lower than 10 and as low as 24 in both Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) and National Achievement Survey (NAS), respectively, across grades and subjects
  • Failure rate in grade X was ~13 percent, and in grade XII was ~20 percent compared to all India average of ~11 percent and ~13 percent respectively
  • Student dropout rate in secondary and senior secondary grades in Rajasthan was as high as 35 percent in some grades

With these issues in the background, Adarsh Yojana was launched with an ambitious mission – By March 2018, there should be atleast 1 school in each of the 9,895 gram panchayats (governance council for collection of villages) in the Rajasthan with:

  • Size: Child friendly large size school offering grade I-XII
  • Staff: Fully staffed schools with trained teachers and principals
  • Process: Efficient school operations
  • Quality: High quality of education via child-centric pedagogy and improved student learning outcomes

The Model

Central Square Foundation (CSF) identified the Adarsh Yojana programme as an excellent programme to support the Government of Rajasthan. Along with partners Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) and UNICEF, CSF is funding an implementation partner to be the project management consultant to the project.

The project management partner will support the Programme Management Unit with the following:

  • Strategic structuring of the Adarsh Yojana
  • Project management for initiative implementation
  • Support stakeholder alignment and project governance
  • Programme progress tracking
  • Assess programme impediments
  • Build programme sustainability

Potential for Systemic Impact

A successful Adarsh Yojana programme will:

  • Build school, department and field staff strength
  • Increase enrolment and reduce dropout
  • Design and establish a robust, real time online management information system (MIS) ,i.e. Shala Darpan
  • Establish quality intervention for grades I-VIII

If implemented effectively, this collaborative initiative of CSF, BCG, MSDF and UNICEF can help the Government of Rajasthan to achieve its ambitious goal to positively impact the quality of school education for atleast 4.6 million children by 2018.