Country-wide assessment of learning outcomes on November 13: HRD Ministry

The union government will conduct its first country-wide assessment of learning achievements on November 13 in which over 30 lakh school students of Classes III, V and VIII in 35,000 government schools will participate. This will be the world’s largest sample survey of learning outcomes, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a meeting with state governments on Wednesday.

Learning outcomes are assessment standards which help teachers to understand the learning levels of students in their respective classes individually as well as collectively. Earlier this year, the union government amended Rule 23(2) under the Right to Education (RTE) Act making it compulsory for all state governments to codify expected levels of learning which students in Classes I to VIII should achieve in different subjects.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has drafted learning indicators for eight subjects — English, Hindi, Urdu, Mathematics, EVS (Environmental Science), Science and Social Sciences — based on which states can finalise their own indicators.

For instance, as per the NCERT document, learning indicators in writing for a Class I student will assess not just the student’s ability to recognise letters A to Z, but also his/her ability to carry out simple instructions such as ‘shut the door’, ‘bring me the book’. In Class II, a student should be able to compose and write simple, short sentences with space between words. The levels gradually increase so that by Class VIII, a student cannot only read and write, but also use his or her faculties to read between the lines, understand new concepts and explore and read other areas of knowledge.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar, Rahul Gandhi, Rahul gandhi attack, rahul gamdhi news, india news, national newsThe learning outcome test on November 13 is being conducted to implement the amendment of Rule 23 (2) of the RTE Act. The National Achievement Survey or NAS, which is being held since 2001, has been tweaked by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to now test a student’s competency instead of her knowledge of the school curriculum. Also, earlier only 4.5 lakh students across Classes III, V and VIII were being assessed through NAS. Starting this year, 30 lakh government school kids will be tested.

“NAS will now produce district-wise comparison within each state as opposed to the state-to-state comparison that it is doing since 2001. The learning outcome test will be administered in 19 languages and the government will propose short, mid-term and long-term interventions including policy changes to the state governments based on the results of this assessment,” NCERT chairman Hrushikesh Senapaty told The Indian Express.

On Wednesday, Javadekar held a meeting with all state government representatives via video conference to brief them about the learning outcome test in November. It will be a pen-and-paper test in which students will have to attempt multiple-choice questions. Students will have to fill in their choices on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet which can be scanned for quick processing of results.

Rural Education: How to make our government village schools deliver better results

LAST MONTH, the Supreme Court quashed the appointment of 1.32 lakh primary teachers in Uttar Pradesh (UP) whom the previous state government had regularised from being ad hoc Shiksha Mitras. The Court held that they did not fulfil the minimum qualification criteria for passing the Teacher’s Eligibility Test and also weren’t appointed against sanctioned posts.

The judgment has created uncertainty not just for the Shiksha Mitras — people originally hired on contract to assist professional teachers — but also for the primary education system in a state, where almost 52 per cent of elementary-level students are already enrolled with private schools. The recent past has seen large-scale migration of students from government to private schools, even in rural areas.

The key factors responsible for the increased privatisation of primary education – which the latest ruling, if anything, may only further accelerate – are apathetic attitude of teachers (made worse by the abysmal qualifications of new recruits), low and uneven teacher-pupil ratio, and lack of sanitation, classroom infrastructure and other basic amenities in government schools. Private schools, on the other hand, have marketed the claims of committed teachers, focus on English language and computer courses, offering transport facilities, etc. to lure parents. All this received added impetus during the last decade, with rising rural incomes and aspirations as captured by a story in this newspaper (http://bit.ly/28Yd1Jb).

One indicator of the above trend is data from a recent draft report (‘Guidelines for Rationalisation of Small Schools across States for Better Efficiency’) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It shows as many as 2.5 lakh government schools at primary (class 1-5) and upper primary (6-8) level in India having less than 30 students. These numbers have, in fact, risen significantly in the last few years. The picture could turn out even grimmer, if an ongoing Aadhaar unique identification number-based enrolment of students were to – most likely – throw up many fictitious/ghost pupils in the government school system.

Given the resultant wastage of resources, the MHRD has proposed merging of small schools. As enrolment levels in these schools are anyway low, the move is unlikely to encounter major public opposition. But while such rationalisation might improve the students-per-school numbers in the short run, the problem of low enrolment would only resurface in the medium/long term if the systemic issues remain unaddressed.

Can take over private schools that haven’t refunded excess fee, says Delhi govt

The Delhi government said it is ready to takeover the management of 449 schools that have failed to comply with the orders of the Delhi High Court to refund excess fee charged from parents.

The government also filed an affidavit in the Delhi High Court, stating that they have already processed the “proposal to issue showcause notices for taking over the management of schools under Section 20 read within Section 24 (4) (c ) of Delhi School Education Act 2009”.

“Complying with the Anil Dev Singh committee recommendations, we had to take this action. The file has already been sent to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. We had no option but to take this action as we have been sending notices to them for several years now,” said Atishi Marlena, advisor to Education Minister Manish Sisodia.

delhi govt, aap govt, manish sisodiaThe government’s response in court was on a petition filed by Abhibhavak Mahasangh, an NGO, which alleged that the Directorate of Education (DOE) failed to comply with the implementation of Anil Dev Singh Committee recommendations.

In its interim and monthly reports of June 2016 to October 2016, the committee had recommended that 544 schools refund excess fee charged from the parents at 9 per cent interest.

Of the 544 schools, 469 were asked to refund the money while 75 schools were inspected and then asked to refund the money. Sixty seven schools challenged the committee’s recommendations, of which 17 cases are being heard in court.

Ahead of DUSU polls, students launch ‘no poster’ campaign

“No paper wastage, no pizzas, no lakme kajal. If roads are dirty with your posters, we will not vote for you” — this is the campaign message issued by a group of students from Miranda House to ensure that this year’s Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections are paperless.

Launching the “No Poster Party” (NPP) campaign, the students said they want to implement the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in the “truest sense”. Taking note of the amount of paper wasted during last year’s election, the NGT had issued notice to Delhi University, the Centre and the Ministry of Environment and Forests against the wastage. Further, the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations on student union elections also allow the use of only handmade posters as poll material.

DUSU polls, no poster campaigm, delhi university, delhi university student union, miranda house, indian express news, india news, educationSimran Kapoor, a third-year BA programme student of Miranda House, who started the group along with six others during last year’s polls, said: “Every year, there are directives from the university but no one follows them. This time, we have started our campaign early so that we can make students aware and ask them not to vote for an organisation that defaces walls and wastes paper.”

Even though campaigning for the polls is yet to begin, the group has begun removing posters around North Campus. It is also performing nukkad nataks near the Vishwavidyalaya Metro station, asking students not to support organisations that waste paper. They have also asked DU to allow them to paint it with murals depicting “DU’s rich culture”.

The group said it will speak to candidates individually, asking them to refrain from wasting paper: “You can spam students on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter to promote candidates. This won’t harm the environment.”

Govt to conduct assessment of learning outcomes on November 13

THE UNION government will conduct its first country-wide assessment of learning achievements on November 13 in which over 30 lakh school students of Classes III, V and VIII in 35,000 government schools will participate. This will be the world’s largest sample survey of learning outcomes, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a meeting with state governments on Wednesday.

Learning outcomes are assessment standards, which help teachers to understand the learning levels of students in their respective classes individually as well as collectively. Earlier this year, the Union government amended the rules under Right to Education (RTE) Act, making it compulsory for all state governments to codify expected levels of learning which students in Classes I to VIII should achieve in different subjects.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has drafted learning indicators for eight subjects — English, Hindi, Urdu, Mathematics, EVS (Environmental Science), Science and Social Sciences — based on which states can finalise their own indicators.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, India education system, National Council of Educational Research and Training, India news, National news, latest news, India newsFor instance, as per the NCERT document, learning indicators in writing for a Class I student will assess not just the student’s ability to recognise letters A to Z, but also her ability to carry out simple instructions such as ‘shut the door’, ‘bring me the book’. In Class II, a student should be able to compose and write simple, short sentences with space between words. The levels gradually increase so that by Class VIII, a student cannot only read and write, but also use his or her faculties to read between the lines, understand new concepts and explore and read other areas of knowledge.

The learning outcome test on November 13 is being conducted to implement the amendment of Rule 23 (2) of the RTE Act. The National Achievement Survey or NAS, which is being held since 2001, has been tweaked by the NCERT to now test a student’s competency instead of her knowledge of the school curriculum. Also, earlier only 4.5 lakh students across Classes III, V and VIII were being assessed through NAS. Starting this year, 30 lakh government schoolchildren will be tested.

After mass failures in Board exams: Vishwas group now for Class IX students; they can drop subjects

With A large number of private candidates — who were under Vishwas group in Delhi government schools — having failed the Class X boards this year, the group has now been created for Class IX.

Under the “Chunauti” scheme — a project to improve learning levels in the children — students of Delhi government schools, between Classes VI and IX, are divided into groups depending on their reading and writing ability. The ones who can read are Pratibha, the non-readers are Nistha. Vishwas group, on the other hand, had students who had failed twice in Class IX, and also out of school students.

According to the government, this change has been made after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) allowed Class IX in the patrachar (private) mode.

“This year, CBSE has extended the Class IX in correspondence mode. The students will be coming to schools to attend regular classes. Just under the correspondence mode, the board gives the option of either dropping science or mathematics,” said Atishi Marlena, adviser to Education Minister Manish Sisodia.

As reported by The Indian Express earlier, out of the total 64,000, about 60,000 students had failed. Among those who had failed, 5,918 students had passed in three main subjects, while 5,034 students had failed to clear science.

Vishwas group, delhi government school, chunauti scheme, delhi fail students, Vishwas group fail students, indian express news, india news, delhi news, educationUnder the patrachar mode, studying social sciences is compulsory. However, a student can choose between two languages and two subjects from science, home science and mathematics.

However, principals say that in most schools, not many students are under the Vishwas group at present. “The students are promoted till Class VIII, so it is difficult to put any student under the group. Last year, the group mostly comprised of students who had failed in Class IX twice,” said AK Jha, principal of Government Co-ed Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Rohini Sector 8.

In Delhi government schools, every year, large number of students fail in Class IX. In 2016-17 out of the 2,44,636 who had appeared in the examination in 1,100 schools, only 12,7,904 students had passed. This year, however, along with this change, the Nistha group is further divided into Nistha and neo-Nistha. Nistha are the non-readers, and neo-Nistha are the absolute beginners who can barely recognise alphabets and numbers.

IISER gets centre for high-end cancer research

To promote research work in life sciences, the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Pune, has set up an excellence centre that will help in analysis of hundreds of biological samples, simultaneously. With this centre, biologists are set to take cancer tumour research to a new level, said an official. The Centre of Excellence, which was inaugurated by K N Ganesh, director, IISER (Pune), on Wednesday, has been set up by PerkinElmer, in association with IISER.

Speaking to The Indian Express about the biggest advantages of the centre, Sanjeev Galande, head of biology department said, “The new centre will have a very high throughput capacity. This means, simultaneous analysing and studying of large number of samples will now be possible. It will not only save time but also help improve the accuracy in work.”
iiser news, cancer research news, india news,  indian express newsThe construction of the centre involved an investment of around Rs 10 crore. It is set to benefit about 500 students — from across the fields of biology, chemistry and physics — who are involved in integrated researches, added Galande.
About the key areas of study where the centre can particularly benefit the researchers, he said, “We have a lot of work coming up in the field of cancer tumour research. One of the prime aims is to study cancer tumour samples using this high-end technology.”

Broadly, the centre will house instruments, such as high-content analysis and automated liquid handling workstations, plate readers, and those used for multi-spectral imaging.

According to Jayashree Thacker, president, PerkinElmer, India, “The opening of this new facility and our collaboration with IISER supports the expansion of PerkinElmer and our relationship with leading research organisations in India. It further positions us to deliver innovative solutions to our customers.”

HPBOSE 10th, 12th re-evaluation/ re-checking results 2017 declared at hpbose.org

The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) has declared the results for the class 10 and 12 re-evaluation/ re-checking at hpbose.org. The Board had on July 12 and 13 announced the supplementary examination result. Candidates who have appeared in these exams can check their results from the official website (see steps below to know how).

HPBOSE 10th, 12th re-evaluation/ re-checking results 2017, here’s how to check
Step 1: Go to the official website for HPBOSE (hpbose.org).
Step 2: Click on the tab for the results page.
Step 3: Click on the link for the class 10 or class 12 results
Step 4: Enter your details in the fields provided.
Step 5: Download your results and take a print out of the same for further reference.

hpbose, hpbose.org, hpbose resultsThe supplementary exams were held in the state for candidates who had failed in a subject or two in the matriculation or the plus two exams. The plus two supplementary exam from June 12 to June 21 in two shifts— from 8.45 am and from 1.45 pm. The matric exams also began on June 12 but were completed by June 19.

In Class 10 annual exams that were held in March, about 1,15,311 students had appeared of which 76,855 passed while a total of 16,564 got a compartment.

Similarly, in Class 12 annual exams, 1,02,075 students appeared out of which 73,948 passed, while 15,886 candidates got a compartment.

Periyar University UG, PG supplementary exam result 2017 declared, check at periyaruniversity.ac.in

The Periyar University has declared the result of undergraduate and postgraduate supplementary examination on August 16 at periyaruniversity.ac.in. The students can access the results from the official website by following the steps written below.

The examinations for both UG and PG were held in April this year, the result of which was released in June. Moreover, the Periyar University results can also be received from the students’ respective colleges.

www.periyaruniversity.ac, Periyar University Result, periyaruniversity.ac.in,Periyar University UG, PG result 2017, here’s how to check
Step 1: Log on to the official website
Step 2: On the homepage, click on the result section
Step 3: A new page will open
Step 4: Enter your registration number and date of birth
Step 5: Click on submit
Step 6: The result will be displayed
Step 7: Check and save the result. If needed, take a print out for further reference

Earlier, the students were given time to apply for re-totalling and revaluation post result declaration. The Periyar University has also released the PG and M Phil supplementary examinations result.

Periyar University is named after the social reformer EV Ramasamy, also called as‘Thanthai Periyar’. The Tamil Nadu government had established the Periyar University at Salem on September 17, 1997. The University got the 12(B) and 2f status from the University Grants Commission and has been reaccredited by NAAC with ‘A’ grade in 2015.

NEET: Tamil Nadu students may get exemption as law ministry clears ordinance

The law ministry on August 16 cleared an ordinance of the Tamil Nadu government which demands exemption of the state’s students from the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) — common medical entrance test. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad cleared the draft ordinance in consultation with Attorney General K K Venugopal.

The official, who requested anonymity, said the ordinance will be applicable only to government colleges, and not private ones. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, state ministers and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai had multiple meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modiand other central ministers over NEET.

NEET, NEET Tamil nadu, neet newsTamil Nadu, which had initially sought permanent exemption from NEET by passing two bills in the Assembly, later made efforts to be out of its ambit for at least a year or two.

The NEET is a medical entrance examination for students who wish to study MBBS and BDS courses in government or private medical colleges. It is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The NEET replaced the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges. However, many colleges and institutes had taken a stay order and conducted private examinations for admission to their MBBS and BDS courses.