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Chandigarh’s education system best among UTs: National Achievement Survey

UT tops the NCERT survey for Classes 3, 5 and 8 ; findings from this survey are used as inputs in policy, planning and designing pedagogical intervention.

punjab Updated: Jan 21, 2018 21:57 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chandigarh,Chandigarh education,NCERT
(HT Representative)

Chandigarh for the first time has secured top position among the union territories (UTs) in the periodical National Achievement Survey (NAS) for Classes 3, 5 and 8.

Education secretary BL Sharma on Saturday held a press conference at his office here and said, “I took over this post in July 2017 and the performance of Chandigarh in this survey was one of the challenges I faced. Given to the dismal performance last year, we worked harder to achieve such result this time.”

The survey is being conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) since 2012 across all states and UTs.

NAS uses a representative sample of students carefully designed to fit the group being assessed. It is not an examination but checks the general health of the education system.

The findings from this survey are used as inputs in policy, planning and designing pedagogical intervention to improve the students’ learning outcomes at the district, state and national levels.

It is organised for Classes 3, 5, 8 and 10. Around 8,000 students from Chandigarh participated in the recent survey.

Regional languages played key role

“One of the primary reason for the previous bad performances that we figured out was the inability of students to understand English language as it was not their mother tongue. Language acted as a barrier for them,” the education secretary said.

“The ministry of human resource and NCERT this time authorised the invigilators to explain the questions to students in regional languages,” he said. “The State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) also played a role in betterment of performance, closely collaborating with the education department,” he added.

He said the education department also held special training sessions and workshops for the school teachers and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore too addressed the teachers on different occasions. “Teaching and learning material was distributed to teachers, students and even parents,” he added.

The result of NAS for Classes 3, 5, and 8 was declared on January 15. The UT education department has prepared the data of all UTs on its own while the state-level data are yet to be released.

Chandigarh has topped among UTs in all three classes and in all subjects. NAS for the Class 10 will be conducted on February 5.

Assessment criterion

The students of Classes 3 and 5 were assessed on language, mathematics and environmental studies while students of Class 8 were assessed on science and social studies besides language and mathematics.

In the last surveys for Classes 3, 5 and 8, Chandigarh was ranked at bottom among UTs for Class 3. It was ranked fifth in EVS and mathematics, and remained at fourth place in language for Class 5. It had secured second spot in language, fourth in mathematics, science and social studies for Class 8. The last survey for Class 5 was conducted in 2015 while for Class 3 and 8, it was conducted in 2014.

First Published: Jan 21, 2018 12:47 IST