What is the News?
NITI Aayog has released a report titled “Systemic Transformation of School Education”. The report has suggested 11 measures to improve the country’s school education system.
About the report
The report has recommended 11 measures to improve the country’s school education system.
These recommendations are based on findings of NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH-Education) Initiative.
Note: SATH-Education Initiative was launched in 2017 to identify and build three ‘role model’ states — Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh — for the school education sector. The interventions undertaken by states under the initiative has resulted in an average 20% improvement in the education system.
What are the key recommendations given by the report?
The report has given recommendations in five key areas, i.e, focus on academic reforms, strengthening human capacity, strengthening administrative systems, driving accountability and creating a shared vision for change. Some of the key recommendations in these areas are:
Prepare Learning Outcome Framework(LOF): The implementation of the Right to Education Act resulted in providing near-universal access to education, with over 96% enrolment of students in age group 6-10 years. However, the learning outcomes did not reflect the improved quality of education. Hence, the report has suggested states to prepare a Learning Outcome Framework (LOF)
Implement Learning Enhancement Programs that provide additional and specialized support to children behind grade level or with learning disabilities.
A reform in the assessment’s framework should target the transition from testing of memory to testing of command over competencies, critical thinking and conceptual clarity through better-designed question papers.
States need to implement remedial measures in campaign mode for 4-5 years to bring all children to grade level.
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Source: This post is based on the article “NITI Aayog lists 11 measures to improve school education” published by The Hindustan Times on 17th November 2021.