Although the UT education department had taken a decision to focus on application-based learning for primary classes (Class 1-5) to improve the quality of education in government schools earlier this year, no assessment guidelines have been put into place for the improvement in ‘achievement-level’ of children from these classes.
The National Achievement Survey reports for classes 3, 5 and 8 gave the education department a fare idea about the academic competency of its students of these classes. In a meeting held with the Ministry of Human Resources Development in April, the department agreed to use these reports to improve the performance of children of these three classes by 10% percentile in the next academic session.
However, it does not have any survey report to figure out the academic competency level of classes 1 and 2 children as per the learning indicators defined by NCERT.
Sources said the department had been directed to conduct its own achievement survey for students of classes 1 and 2 at the earliest and share the results with the MHRD in next project approval board (PAB) meeting, to be held in March-April 2015.
The ministry has also approved an amount of ` 6 lakh for this purpose DPI (s) Kamlesh Kumar said the achievement survey would begin shortly and accordingly its report will be submitted to the ministry which will help in enhancing the academic competency of students from primary classes especially classes 1 and 2.He said, “Taking a cue from National Achievement Survey reports, we have already begun training sessions for teachers besides other academic work,” he added.
Meanwhile, several NGOs have urged the department to speed up its work. Anuradha Sharma, founder of ‘Hamari Kaksha’, a non-government organization, said these survey reports were very important as they helped in figuring out where children stand in terms of their academic skills. “The most vital aspect is to prepare the report on time followed by its implement so that the performance of the students improves at a constant pace,” she added.
“Recently the education department took several good initiatives like preparing work sheets and teacher training session. However, a lot needs to be done to as far as improvement of the academic competency level is concerned, especially that of the primary classes,” Sharma said.NGO Youth Innovative Society president Sachin Sharma also stated that these achievement surveys were a brilliant form of assessing students’ academic knowledge.