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PMS: School performance management system (PMS) is a tool to identify the strength and weaknesses of schools across the country and not to compare one school with the other, education ministry officials clarified.

Education Monitoring and Support Service Division initiated the PMS that accessed performance of 546 schools across the country since 2010. It is an annual event that the division comes up with top 40 schools that has performed well overall. (See box for the 2014 top 40 schools.)

After identifying the areas of weaknesses, the division officials said, schools that lag behind are given immediate support.  “It is important to identify areas of improvement for each school, for the betterment of the future of our children,” an EMSSD official said.

The school self-assessment and improvement plan, which is one of the parameters to measure the performance, has 92 indicators to rate the performance. It takes into account the performance of teachers, green school initiatives that considers waste management strategies, co-curricular activity details and school-community indulgence among others.

“As far as possible we have made the assessment parameters accommodable for all the schools, the official said. “Brining out the top 40 is a way to acknowledge the schools.”

Officials said, although the level playing field is different in private school, autonomous or charity schools, it would provide a room to increase in the areas of improvement rather than demotivating the schools.

However the division has just begun analysing how the support provided have made an effect in the school to improve their performance. The impact report would be complete in about a month.

Meanwhile, works are ongoing to make the Performance Management System online. It is expected to minimise human error on the online version.

By Nirmala Pokhrel

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