The Maharashtra Vidya Pradhikaran (formerly known as Maharashtra State Education Research and Training) has on Sunday released a document titled ‘Learning Outcomes’ which will help the parents of students studying between Class I to VIII in SSC schools judge if the school has enabled the child with correct/enough knowledge for a student of his age.
The online booklet released on the department’s website is a resource for both teachers and parents as not only does it enlist the learning outcome but even gives a detailed explanation of the pedagogy processes to be followed by teachers to arrive at these learning outcomes. The document, which is both in English and Marathi, gives a class-wise and subject-wise classification of the pedagogical processes and learning outcomes.
For example, in the 72-page English booklet, in Class I English syllabus, it is suggested in pedagogical process to be followed by teachers that the learner (students) should be provided opportunities in pairs, groups or individually and encouraged to name common objects such as man, dog etc. when pictures are shown. In the learning outcomes, which can come in handy for parents, it is said that the student should be able to associates words with pictures and name familiar objects seen in the picture. The four main subjects covered are English, Mathematics, EVS and Social Sciences, where from Class I to VIII, entire pages are dedicated to different pedagogical approaches and their desired learning outcomes.
The booklets have special sections dedicated to children with special needs where it is clearly mentioned that such children may need more time and individualised attention. The booklet details how students with hearing, cognitive, visual and other impairments may take more time or require attention to learn.
Since the introduction of the Right to Education Act, no school can fail a student up to Class VIII. While this policy is under review owing to several debates over it, many put the onus on teachers. Sunil Magar, director of Vidya Pradhikaran, said, “The government has been implementing various initiatives since the introduction of the RTE act to gauge the learning outcomes of students for which even the baseline tests are conducted to gauge if students have the basic knowledge of the subjects required for their age.
However, this document, which was prepared by the NCERT and later adapted for the state by an expert committee, will come in handy for parents. They can now judge for themselves if the students are up to the learning level for their age and even teachers can do the same. If not, then interventions are expected to be planned to help the child cope up,” he said.
Parents too welcomed the idea. Shruti Shaikh, parent of a Class VI student of a SSC board school in Camp, said, “I will definitely go on this website and check what is listed there. I take tuitions for my son and am constantly checking his academic scores which gives me an indication of how he is doing. But if there is any such document, then it would be worthwhile to visit and just check for ourselves if our children are matching up or not,” she said.
However, city principals said that such initiatives would work only if all parents or teachers showed interest. “Most parents are not even bothered about the academic performance of their children. They just put their children in schools and forget them. As far as teachers go, they are already so overburdened and there is so much available on pedagogy. Only time will tell if this would be of any use,” said Nandkumar Kakirde, secretary, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.