Schools to conduct national achievement survey on Friday, Delhi government

Schools to conduct national achievement survey on Friday, Delhi government

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday urged Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to postpone the National Achievement Survey (NAS) to be held this Friday as schools reopened recently and a large number of students are yet to return to school. .

Around 3.8 million students from 1,23,000 schools in 733 districts across 36 states and union territories will participate in NAS 2021 on Friday. The survey, which assesses the competencies developed by students in grades 3, 5, 8 and 10, is conducted every three years.

Sisodia in his letter said that schools in Delhi reopened after 19 months on November 1 and only half the enrolled students were being called to schools. He said that many private schools in Delhi have not yet started individual classes for children of primary classes. Referring to other states where students were not attending school due to natural calamity and festivals, he said the conditions were not conducive for conducting the survey on Friday.

“It is being said that the purpose of the survey is to assess the impact of the pandemic on the learning gap. Conducting such a massive survey in a single day, when schools have reopened recently after a long gap in most states, may not be possible,” Sisodia said, adding that the survey findings would not reflect the ground realities, As it will not take into account the learning gap of students studying remotely.

“Amidst the prevailing circumstances, conducting the survey would be a waste of time and money. If wrong policies are made for students and teachers based on the findings of the survey, the result can be adverse,” said the deputy chief minister.

However, a senior education ministry official said that NAS 2021 will be conducted as per schedule on Friday. “As of now, there is no change in the schedule,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

NAS will be organized on Friday in both private and government schools of Delhi. While students of class 10th have been going to school since September, students below 9 returned to school only on November 1. Private schools, where students are still continuing with online classes, said they have requested parents to send the children to school for survey. But it has not been made mandatory as attendance cannot be compelled as per the guidelines issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority.

Michael V Williams, dean, Mount Carmel Schools, which were chosen as the sampling centers for grades 8 and 10, said schools would not participate in the survey as they have yet to resume in-person classes. “We were informed (about the survey) hardly 4-5 days back and were told that the survey was mandatory. How can we be ready at such a short notice? It is not in the right spirit to call all students from schools to a gathering in the middle of a pandemic,” Williams said.

Sudha Acharya, Chairperson of the National Progressive Schools Conference (NPSC), which has 122 schools in Delhi including Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Bal Bharti Public School, Springdales School, Sanskriti School, Delhi Public School, Ahalcon International School and Amity International School as members. , said several member schools would conduct the survey on Friday.

“My school will conduct NAS for students in class 8 and 10. We will call in full force of students in these grades, though we have not made attendance mandatory. We have only sought cooperation from parents and expect around 80% attendance Acharya, principal of ITL Public School, Dwarka, said.

Neetu Kapoor, principal of Army Public School, Delhi Cantonment, which has been chosen as the center for classes 5, 8 and 10, said the school had sent a circular to parents to encourage participation. “We have been told that it is mandatory for everyone to come for the survey. We are encouraging children to come but have not made it mandatory.

Sukhbir Singh Yadav, school principal of Government Co-Ed Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 21, Rohini said that all the students of class 8 and 10 will come to the school for the survey. The school has 9 sections each in class 10 and class 8. “We will need 36 rooms to accommodate the students who come on Friday. To follow the distancing norms, students of other classes have been asked not to come to school,” Yadav said.

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