The concept of Model school:
Basically a model school will have infrastructure and facilities of the same standard as in a Kendriya Vidyalaya and with stipulations on pupil -teacher ratio, ICT usage, holistic educational environment, appropriate curriculum and emphasis on output and outcome. Some of the key features of a model school will be:
(i)Education provided in a Model school should be holistic and integral touching upon physical, emotional and aesthetic development in addition to academics.
(ii) Either brand new schools may be established or existing schools may be converted in to Model schools.
(iii) Necessary infrastructure will be provided in such schools not only for satisfying teaching needs, but also for sports and co-curricular activities. There will be sufficient scope for sports, recreation and outdoor activities. Facilities like play ground, gardens, auditorium etc. will be provided in Model schools.
(iv) The curriculum should cast the local culture and environment and learning should be activity based.
(v) These schools will have adequate ICT infrastructure, Internet connectivity and full time computer teachers.
(vi) The Teacher Pupil Ratio should not exceed 1:25 and the classrooms will be spacious enough to accommodate at least 30 students. However, classroom-students ratio will not exceed 1:40.
(vii) These schools will be provided with Arts and Music Teachers besides subject specific teachers as per the usual norms. These schools will also create facility for activities emphasizing Indian heritage and art & craft.
(viii) Special emphasis may be given on teaching of Science, Maths and English. If required, bridge-courses may be introduced for weak students.
(ix) The school curricula should include the material/items that inculcate leadership qualities, team spirit, participation abilities, development of soft skills and ability to deal with real life situations.
(x) Health Education and health check up will be introduced in these schools.
(xi) A good library with books and magazines for students and teachers will be provided.
(xii) Field trips and educational tours will be an integral part of the curriculum.
(xiii) Medium of instruction will be left to State Governments. However, special emphasis will be given on English teaching & spoken English.
(xiv) Affiliation of these schools to a particular examination board will be left to State Governments.
(xv) Selection of students will be though independent selections test.
(xvi) Selection of Principals and Teachers will also be through an independent process to be developed in consultation with State Governments.
(xvii) Model schools will have appropriate pace setting activities so that schools in the neighbourhood can benefit.