Of all 26 DIETs (District Institute of Education and Training) in Gujarat only two – Ahmedabad (urban) and Surendranagar — were ranked with satisfactory performance by the Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT) sponsored research project “Gujarat State Level Learning Achievement Survey (G-LAS) 2013-14”.
Ironically, DIETs which are under GCERT and were set up in each district as a part of larger aim of achieving national goals cited by the National Policy of Education (NPE) in the areas of elementary and adult education, themselves failed to achieve ‘encouraging’ results in the state conducted research study of the achievement levels among students of primary classes in government schools across the state.
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While only two DIETs were able to score satisfactory performance levels, 16 were rated as above poor performance and remaining eight as very poor performance. DIET Ahmedabad (urban) with 62.9 per cent was ranked at the top followed by DIET Surendranagar with 59.78 per cent. At the bottom was DIET Vadodara with only 35.46 per cent.
“The academic achievement of Ahmedabad (urban) and Surendranagar were found satisfactory, but Dangs, Rajkot, Navsari, Porbandar, Narmada, Bharuch, Anand and Vadodara fall in the red zone because their overall average academic achievements were below 40 per cent,” stated the G-SLAS report submitted recently to the state education department.
When asked about the results, DIET Ahmedabad (urban) principal Dinesh Tiwari said, “ Based on the previous annual research results, we impart training for the ‘hard points’ to teachers. We also prepare a plan based on subjects like mathematics and science identifying the concepts that students find difficulty in understanding.”
With an academic staff of 15, DIET Ahmedabad (urban) has under it 221 government primary schools of Detroj, Mandal and Viramgam apart from 456 Ahmedabad municipal schools.
The report that was prepared after conducting written examinations in all subjects in both the semesters with a sample size of over 2.44 lakh students in Class III to VIII of government schools across all districts further stated that DIET Ahmedabad (urban) consistently topped in Gujarati, Hindi, mathematics and social science.
The G-SLAS report revealed that the average academic achievement of Gujarat at primary education level of primary school students from Class III to VIII for the academic session 2013-2014 posted a result of only 45.18 per cent.
When DIET rankings were compared with respect to subjects and Classes, it was revealed that Gujarati was found to be the weakest subject and mathematics the strongest subject in Class III. However, in Class IV, the result of environment studies was the highest while Gujarati and mathematics were the lowest where Surendranagar was ranked at the top and Bharuch at the bottom.