An aptitude test should be conducted for all students across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while reviewing the flagship programme for universalisation of elementary education.
He also sought greater synergy between the government’s Digital India initiative and related programmes of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
All schools should plan their own targets to be achieved by 2022, the country’s 75th year of independence, Modi said while reviewing the progress of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan at a meeting on Monday.
He asked officials to explore the possibility of a “twinning arrangement” between a class of a school in an urban area and a class of a school in a rural area. Best teaching practices should be identified and a repository created for wider dissemination, he said.
The basic data of all school teachers, such as Aadhaar numbers, email IDs and mobile phone numbers, should be maintained in a database, he said.
The Prime Minister also reiterated his suggestion for holding Swachh Bharat-Swachh Vidyalaya competitions among schools as part of the government’s ongoing cleanliness campaign.
Experts have suggested the holding of aptitude tests to help students choose a stream that is best suited to their talents and abilities.
In Delhi, the prestigious St Stephen’s College has introduced an aptitude test of 30 minutes from the current academic session. It earlier used to enroll students on the basis of personal interviews and cut-offs announced after the Class XII test.
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is aimed at achieving universalisation of elementary education in a time-bound manner as mandated by the 86th amendment to the Constitution which made free and compulsory education to children aged 6-14 years a fundamental right.
The programme is implemented in partnership with state governments and covers 192 million children. It aims to provide quality elementary education, including life skills and computer education to bridge the digital divide.