Daily Archives: July 23, 2014

National Achievement Surveys for Evaluating Quality of Education Imparted in Schools

The Government of India through the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been conducting National Achievement Surveys (NAS) for classes III, V and VII / VIII to provide information about the learning achievement of students at regular intervals. Till date the NCERT has completed three cycles of such surveys. The outcomes of the latest third cycle of NAS is given as follows:

The survey results of class III have revealed that – In Language, average achievement of students was about 64%. In Mathematics, average achievement of students was 66%. The achievement of boys was slightly higher than the girls in Mathematics whereas girls’ achievement was slightly higher than boys in Language. The achievement of urban students was slightly higher than the rural students in both the subjects. In Language about 65% children were able to listen to a passage with understanding and respond correctly to question thereon, 86% children were able to look at pictures and match the correct name related to the picture, nearly 59% children were able to answer question correctly after reading a short story themselves. In Mathematics, 69% children could do two-digit additions, 65% children were able to subtract three digit numbers, 63% were able to do simple multiplication, 57% students could do division, 59% students were able to find out place value, 66% were able to correctly answer questions on geometrical shapes, 66% could do measurement of time correctly, 77% were able to answer questions on data handling correctly; 78% could do correctly on money related questions and 69% could do correctly on patterns.

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Improving Standard of Education Through Teacher Training System

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 stipulates that all children in the 6-14 years age group be in school. So far 2.77 lakh schools have been constructed under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) programme, of which majority are in rural areas. SSA has supported States with funding for 15.06 lakh additional teachers, which has helped bring the Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) to 1:26 in 2013-14.

SSA also provides for in-service teacher training for a period up to 20 days, of which 10 days may be at Block level and 10 days at Cluster level in the form of monthly meeting. In addition, induction training is provided to newly appointed teachers for a period of 30 days. An expenditure of Rs. 6000/- per annum per teacher is being incurred in respect of untrained teachers through Open Distance Learning (ODL).

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Strengthening Educational Ties Between India and Norway

Strengthening Educational Ties Between India and Norway

The Ambassador of Norway to India, Mr. Eivind S. Homme calling on the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani, in New Delhi on July 22, 2014.

Mr. Eivind S. Homme, Ambassador of Norway to India met Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development at New Delhi today. The Ambassador expressed the hope that under her leadership, education ties will be further strengthened between India and Norway.

A collaboration between India and Norway in the high altitude studies, particularly for the National Institute of Himalayan Studies announced in the General Budget this year was taken up by the Union HRD Minister. She also emphasized on collaboration in the area of energy studies.

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