News: Recently, the 16th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) survey 2021 has been released.
About the ASER Survey and its key findings
How education can be “build back better” in the post-pandemic world?
Children in today’s Class 1 and Class 2 have never been to school. They have to be helped to get ready for schooling and learning.
Children above Class 3 will need help to settle in and reconnect with school education.
Retain children in government schools: Government schools have to demonstrate new ways to welcome children. Further, they need to build trust and faith through interaction between parents and teachers. So that, the shift to government schools can be long-lasting.
A shift in teaching-learning approach: The use of grade-level curriculum may not be useful immediately after the pandemic. Instead, meeting children at the level where they are and using the “teaching at the right level” approach is the need of the hour.
Investing time and effort now in rebuilding and strengthening children’s ability to read with understanding, improving their problem-solving skills, and enabling them to help each other in the classroom may provide a big boost. It will bring the education system to where it was in pre-Covid times and will help to realize the goals of the National Education Policy.
In conclusion, new methods of engaging with children and parents should emerge along with a proper Ground-level action plan that has appropriate teaching-learning goals and activities.
Source: This post is based on the article “ASER 2021 has insights on how schools can respond to post-Covid world” published in The Indian Express on 24th Nov 2021.