Category: School Education

54th Foundation Day of NCERT Celebrated with Focus on Gender Inclusion

54th Foundation Day of NCERT Celebrated with Focus on Gender Inclusion

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani addressing at the inauguration of the 54th Foundation Day of NCERT – on “Gender Inclusion”, in New Delhi on September 01, 2014.

The Union Minister of Human Resource & Development Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani addressed the 54th NCERT Foundation Day celebrations at New Delhi today and motivated the participating students to take up the challenge of Gender Inclusion to eradicate gender bias from its root. The Minister of Women and Child Development Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi was also present on the occasion.

The NCERT Foundation Day on Gender Inclusion was also celebrated in all its constituents, units at Ajmer, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Mysore and Shillong. It was celebrated along with joint activities of all the Departments of NIE (National Institute of Education) and CIET (Central Institute of Educational Technology) at the NCERT headquarter as well as in RIEs to focus on gender inclusion. Various activities on Sciences, Herbal Gardens, Science Kit etc were conducted as well as debate, quiz, Nukkad Natak, Kite Flying, Puppet show, folk dance/songs etc were performed. These activities were performed by the NCERT through huge participation of various Schools, NGOs, DIETs, and other voluntary organizations. The total participation including major Schools/DIET/NGOs was over 4000.

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MHRD Minister Seeks the States’ Co-operation in Improving School Education

MHRD Minister Seeks the States’ Co-operation in Improving School Education

She sought the States’ co-operation in improving school education.

The Conference of State Education Secretaries is being held here today. The Conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani. She sought the States’ co-operation in improving school education. She spoke about the need for improvement of quality of schools which still remains a challenge.

The Minister launched "Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat" programme which focuses on early reading, writing and comprehension and early grade mathematics. She requested States for the roll out of this programme in their respective States with the strong resolve so that children in early grades acquire proficiency in writing, reading and comprehension that would enable them to progress to higher classes with the confidence of good education. During 2014-15. Rs 2352.57 crore has been allocated to States/UTs for improvement of quality programmes.

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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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Bringing Out-Of-School Children into the Ambit of School Education

According to the household survey conducted by States/UTs and reported in their Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWP&B) submitted to this Ministry, the number of Out-of-School Children has considerably declined to 17.24 lakh in 2014.

The Government of India had earlier commissioned two independent surveys to estimate the number of out-of-school children in the country in 2005 and 2009 which shows a decline in the number of out of school children from 134.6 lakh in 2005 to 81.5 lakh in 2009.

NCERT undertook a project on “Development of Guidelines for Special Training of Out-of-School Children under RTE Act” during 2011-12. The prime purpose of these Guidelines is to facilitate the state level functionaries working in this area by providing suggestive strategies and understanding on pedagogical processes required for mainstreaming out-of-school children.

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