Government of India has implemented a National Achievement Survey (NAS) for grades 3, 5 and 8 with a cycle period of three years, with the aim and objective of assessing children’s progress and skills as an indicator of the health of the education system, in order to take appropriate steps for corrective actions at different levels, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education, in a written response to the Lok Sabha, said declared during the 17th monsoon session of the Lok Sabha.
The remark came in response to a question tabled in Lok Sabha on Monday by Rahul Kaswan, MP for Churu parliamentary constituency.
The monsoon session started on July 18, 2022 and will end on August 13, 2022.
According to the Minister’s written response, Samagra Shiksha focuses on improving the quality of education by supporting different interventions across all states and UTs, such as in-service training for teachers and school leaders, conducting national and national level outcome surveys. , composite school grant to each school to provide conducive learning environment, grants for library, sports and physical activities, support for Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, ICT and digital initiatives, school leadership development program, remedial education for academically weaker students, support for Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat, among others
Further, Pradhan added that according to data from UDISE+, the total number of students enrolled in the year 2020-21 in all management schools across the country was 25,38,04,461, including 17,86,84,204 students from rural areas. Furthermore, he mentioned, to ensure that children have access to quality and equitable education and to minimize the impact of the pandemic on school education in the country, the Ministry of Education shared guidance on January 7, 2021 with all states and UT which, among other things, includes identifying out-of-school children ages six through 18, enrollment campaigns and outreach, student support during school closures , continuing education for children with special needs (CWSN), supporting students as schools reopen, and building the capacity of teachers.
In a written response to another question, Pradhan added that in order to ensure that every student, including those residing in rural areas of the country, has continued access to education, a multi-pronged approach has been adopted by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education. A global initiative called PM e-Vidya was launched as part of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan on May 17, 2020 which brings together all efforts related to digital, online and on-air education to enable multimodal access to education.
He further gave details of the initiatives taken by the government to improve the quality of
primary and secondary education in the country. The Minister mentioned Samagra Shikhsha, PM Pshan, National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN Bharat), NISHTHA integrated training program, National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021, Structured Assessment for Learning Levels Analysis (SAFAL), VIDYA PRAVESH.
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