Application-based learning is likely to be implemented soon in primary sections of local government schools.In order to better academic standards in government schools, the UT education department roped in Regional Institute of English (RIE)-32 and UT's State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) to prepare worksheets aimed at assisting teachers in classroom assessment and evaluation of children.
RIE has been preparing English worksheets, while SCERT has been working on worksheets for Mathematics, Hindi and Environmental Studies, which would be distributed among students of Classes 1 to 5 soon.
Sharda Kaushik, director of RIE, said the English worksheets were in the final stage of editing. It would soon be handed over to the education department for printing and further introducing them in classrooms. Training teachers on how to use these worksheets was already on in the institute, said Kaushik.
Officials from SCERT also said worksheets for other subjects were at the editing stage and would soon be sent for printing, after which they would be distributed to government schools.
Stressing on the relevance of these worksheets, Surender S Dahiya, director of SCERT, said there was very limited exposure to application-based learning in NCERT books.
"Every book has limited activity exercises that create a hindrance for teachers to assess students. These worksheets will enable teachers to test the learning of students after completion of every chapter," said Dahiya.
Recently RIE and SCERT also held seminars for teachers on benefits of worksheets.
"The concept of worksheets is very much in usage in private schools. It's good that it will now be introduced in government schools to improve academic performance," said a resource person engaged in preparing these worksheets.
A senior official said introducing worksheets would help better conceptual learning in classrooms. Recently, NCERT's National Achievement Survey for Class-3 students ranked Chandigarh 31st out of 34 states for its performance in Math skills and 27th for its performance in basic language skills.