Delhi Govt. announces Mission Buniyaad – Education Scheme to Improve Learning Skills of Students

Published Date - 27 February 2018 04:13:13 Updated Date - 27 February 2018 04:13:53

Feb 19 The Delhi government today announced the launch of "Mission Buniyaad" for improving learning skills of children studying in state and municipal-run schools.

The announcement was made by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia here, days after the National Achievement Survey (NAS) showed that the entire country, including Delhi, was facing a crisis of learning in schools.

Under the programme which will run from April to June for Class 3 to 5 in MCD and Class 6 to 8 in government's schools, children will undergo a reading level assessment based on which they will be enrolled in specialised "Mission Buniyaad" classes.

"For children who are not able to read, I request all parents to cancel their vacation plans during summer holidays and send their children to school for remedial classes. I appeal to parents of children to support the Delhi government and MCDs in this campaign in the interest of their children's future," Sisodia said in a press conference here.

He said that the entire program will run from classes 3 to 5 in municipal schools and in classes 6 to 8 in government-run schools.

Officials of the education department will run the campaign in "mission mode" for three months from April to June this year, Sisodia said.

Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said that the programme is being designed on the lines of Delhi government's 'Chunauti scheme', after two rounds of meetings with MCDs, the Delhi Cantonment Board and the NDMC.

"The NAS survey demonstrates that close to half of all children in our schools are not able to read their grade level textbooks. In the secondary schools run by the Delhi government, various programs we initiated have improved reading ability by about 20%.

"However, children in primary schools that are under the MCDs are not able to read and thereafter when they study in secondary schools they find it difficult to cope up with the advanced levels," he said.

The deputy chief minister said it was in the interest of the children of Delhi that the efforts made by the government be extended to MCD schools as well.

"The municipal bodies that run primary schools in the city will raise a cadre of teachers who will drive the program, in a manner similar to the Mentor Teacher Program run in Delhi government schools. One teacher will take care of five schools and will train teachers of these five schools on enhancing readability of children," he said.

Delhi govt. will design and execute this scheme along with MCDs and other local bodies. Accordingly, govt. will design this scheme on the lines of Chunauti Scheme. Missions Buniyaad scheme is going to resolve the issue of learning crisis in schools. Accordingly, govt. will start this scheme from April 2018.

Furthermore, govt. will make every possible effort to provide training to teacher / learning outcome coordinators. This new education scheme will ensure that all the students are able to read their grade level textbooks.

Need for Mission Buniyaad

The state govt. has decided to launch this new education scheme in lieu of the following things:-

  1. National Achievement Survey (NAS) report shows that schools across the country (including Delhi) are facing learning crisis. This survey was conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
  2. As per NAS report, approx. 50% of Class 3rd children in Indian Schools are unable to read their own grade level textbooks.
  3. Children studying in primary classes in various MCD schools are unable to read which effects them in their secondary school studies. Accordingly, these students finds it difficult to cope up with the advanced level studies.
  4. For this reason, Delhi govt. has already taken several initiatives for secondary school students to improve their reading ability up to 20%. However, govt. now wants to improve the learning process of primary school students.
 

Accordingly, the state govt. will categorize students in 3 categories – Ujjawal, Utkarsh and Udyam group and provide them efficient training to improve their learning skills.

Implementation of Mission Buniyaad

The state govt. wants to implement this new education scheme as soon as possible. The implementation of this mission will include the following provisions:-

  • For designing and execution, Delhi govt. will work in collaboration with MCDs and other local bodies.
  • Subsequently, govt. will design this scheme similar to the previous Chunauti Scheme which assess students between Class 6th to 9th class.
  • Accordingly, Delhi govt. will appoint a single mentor for every 5 schools who will check and monitor the progress of learning outcomes of the concerned schools. Govt. will implement this program similar to the Mentor Teacher Programme of government schools.
  • Moreover, the primary task of mentors is to track the children’s performance studying between 3rd class and 7th class.
  • The state govt. is going to extend this scheme to MCD schools as well.
 

Mission Buniyaad – Details

The important features and highlights of this scheme are as follows:-

  • This new education scheme will improve their reading skills and skills in mathematics as per their age appropriate level.
  • Under this scheme, govt. will divide students in 3 categories (groups) which are as follows:-
  • Ujjawal – Students who are excellent learners and who are able to properly read and prove their skills at par with the standards.
  • Utkarsh – All those students who scores medium level marks will get placed in this group.
  • Udyam – Govt. will mainly focus on this group which includes students who are behind their peers.
  • Subsequently, govt. focuses on bridging this gap through a collective approach.
  • Accordingly, govt. will train teaching coordinators or learning outcome coordinators.
  • Moreover, govt. urges all the parents to track the progress of their children. In addition to this, if parents feels that their ward requires some extra effort, then they can send their children on special training in the month of May – June this year.
  • Furthermore, the state govt. is also making efforts to provide food and facilities to the children who comes to school for special classes.
 
 
 
 

 


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