Every student in schools run by the Delhi government will gain the basic ability to read by November 14, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Saturday, while unveiling the road map of the Delhi government’s ‘Chunauti Scheme’.
The movement was launched by the AAP government to improve the learning ability of students, after a recent survey revealed that most students of Class VI in its schools were unable to read. Sisodia, who is also in charge of the education department, said, “We conducted an assessment of our students… we found that 74 per cent of students can’t read their text books, especially students of Class VI. And 46 per cent students of Class II are unable to read their books. We mapped every student.”
He added, “By November 14, the reading ability of every child will be brought to at least the basic level. Our internal survey, as well as reports produced by the likes of ASER, found a large number of children cannot even read.”
The education scheme has also taken into account the challenge before teachers. “The teachers are hardworking but if students don’t benefit from that, then we need to do something… if students can’t read books, what is the point of an advanced curriculum? We also need to bring weaker students forward as well,” said Sisodia. Once every student is brought to the “reading level”, the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) will conduct an internal assessment from November 15 to 20, he said.
“For a week from November 21, people from all walks of society should come forward and interact with our students, with permission from the school principal. Activists, journalists, parents and others should participate and gauge the learning level of students. This would be a confidence-building measure,” added Sisodia. The government will also introduce a reward system for principals and teachers who perform exceptionally well.
Students in government schools have been put in separate groups, in accordance with their strengths and weaknesses,
said Saumya Gupta, director of the Directorate of Education. “We will keep in mind the problem areas for a non-reader and simplify the curriculum for the student. The rest of the students will study the existing syllabus,” she said.
Sisodia said every government school would take a pledge to complete this chunauti. Outlining the plans for Teacher’s Day, Sisodia said it would be celebrated to “felicitate” teachers.