Reviewing the progress of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) at a high-level meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called for an aptitude test for all students as well as a greater synergy between the Digital India initiative and related programmes of the SSA.
Modi also said each school in the country should set targets to be achieved by 2022.
SSA, a flagship programme under the HRD Ministry, aims to achieve universalisation of elementary education in a time-bound manner. It has been operational since 2000-01.
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According to a PMO release, Modi said the “possibility of a twinning arrangement between one class of a school in an urban area and one class of a school in a rural area” should be explored. “He said best teaching practices should be identified, and a repository of the same created, for wider dissemination,” it said.
He further said basic data for all school teachers, such as Aadhaar numbers, email IDs and mobile numbers should be maintained in a database.