Category: School Education

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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US $ 1006.20 Million Loan Agreement Signed Between India and World Bank for Education For All (EFA) Program - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan III

US $ 1006.20 Million Loan Agreement Signed Between India and World Bank for Education For All (EFA) Program – Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan III

The Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Shri Nilaya Mitash and the World Bank’s Operation’s Advisor in India, Mr. Michael Haney signed the agreement for SSA III project (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan III), in New Delhi on May 29, 2014.

The Loan Agreement for World Bank (IDA) assistance of US$ 1006.20 million for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan III has been signed between the Government of India and the World Bank here today. Shri Nilaya Mitash, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs signed the Agreement on behalf of Government of India and Mr. Michael Haney, World Bank's Operation's Advisor in India signed it on behalf of the World Bank.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is the largest ongoing Education for All (EFA) program in the world. It is the flagship programme for universalizing elementary education. The overall goals of the program include universal access and retention, reducing gender and social category gaps in elementary education and enhancement of learning levels of children.

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HRM DR. M. M. Pallam Raju Launches National Programme of School Leadership Development

The Centre has launched a massive programme of School Leadership to provide training to about 9 lakh principals / headmasters in Government and Government-aided schools to enable improvement of standards of education in the country. The scheme was launched by Human Resources Development Minister Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju in New Delhi, last evening.

Launching the National Programme for School Leadership Development, Dr Raju said that it is a massive task to initiate a nation-wide programme owing to an array of diversity in our schools. He also stated that a common model of leadership will not suffice and there is a need to work on multiple leadership styles to improve school climate and performance. He said that the focus on school leadership development provides thrust to the quality of education.

The Minister added that Regional Centres of School Leadership would be set up by National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), in collaboration with other regional institutes of repute to bring about long term sustained engagement and capacity building in schools.

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