On Friday, the first National Achievement Survey in four years was held to measure the abilities of students in classes 3, 5, and 8. According to the Education Ministry, this will “assist to monitor learning disruptions and new learnings throughout the COVID pandemic and help to take corrective actions.”
Given that schools throughout the nation were closed for 18 months beginning in March 2020, and the vast majority of students did not have access to distance learning, the NAS is likely to uncover the extent of learning losses caused by the closure.
The pandemic, however, had an impact on the survey’s results, since several states have yet to restart classes for younger students. Even in places where schools are officially open, attendance is optional, and many parents are hesitant to take their children to physical classes, particularly in private schools that continue to provide online instruction.
In Classes 3 and 5, the surveying exam was conducted in language, mathematics, and environmental studies, and in Class 8, the survey test was conducted in language, mathematics, science, and social science. The survey was planned to reach 38 lakh children in 1.23 lakh schools throughout 733 districts across all 50 states and the union territories. State and central government-run schools, as well as private and aided schools, were included in the sample. In 22 different languages, the exam paper was available in a multiple-choice style. The examination was created by NCERT, which will also analyse the results, and the exam was held on Friday by the Central Board of Secondary Education.
According to the Ministry, about 92% of the target sample and 96% of target schools participated in the survey in the 24 states and union territories from which information was received late Friday night. Twelve other states, on the other hand, had no information.
Last Monday, the Ministry of Education said that schools in 12 states have yet to reopen for younger students, with West Bengal and Mizoram not reopening at all.
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia pointed out in a letter to Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on the day of the survey that the capital just resumed classes for students up to Class 8 on November 1 and that several schools are working at 50% capacity. He also said that schools in Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been closed due to storms and floods and that many students and teachers in Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh are on vacation due to Chhat Puja.
“How trustworthy will this survey be in a given situation?” We won’t be able to determine the learning gap based on a survey conducted under these circumstances. “Any approach based on this to close the learning gap throughout the nation would be ineffective,” Mr. Sisodia added.
Source: The Hindu