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Govt initiates evaluation of Mission Buniyaad

Govt initiates evaluation of Mission Buniyaad

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has started a thorough evaluation of the Mission Buniyaad, a brainchild of Education Minister Manish Sisodia.

The evaluation process is headed by the minister, with all senior officials participating in it. In this process, the government is looking at the outcomes of the project and its future.

"For the last two-three days, regular meetings are going on to discuss Mission Buniyaad and the Happiness Curriculum. We have presented the outcomes of both the initiatives. The response from the school authorities, teachers, parents and the children has been overwhelming. However, the government wants to check every angle of it," said a source in the government.

According to a source, after going through the full report, the government will decide on the continuation of these initiatives.

The mission was launched after the National Achievement Survey (NAS) found that majority of students between Class III and Class V in municipal corporation schools did not perform well in science, mathematics and languages. While the first month of the programme was conducted in April, the other two will be conducted during the summer vacation.

The government has reached out to parents to convince them to stay back in Delhi for the entire duration of the campaign and send their children to school. In 2016, the government had launched 'Chunauti 2018', after a baseline assessment found that 74 per cent of students in class VI couldn't read a Class II textbook.

Under this scheme, children were divided into groups — Pratibha, for those who could read and write as per their grade, and Nistha, for those who could not.

In April this year, Chunauti was extended as Mission Buniyaad and included children from classes III-VIII and also covered MCD schools.

Schools were asked to divide children into four groups: New Nishta (those unable to recognise Hindi letters, and numbers); Nishta (those who cannot read words, don't know counting, addition, subtraction); New Pratibha (those unable to comprehend Hindi matras, multiplication, division); and Pratibha (those who can read and write).

The scheme was extended till July 30.

Sayantan Ghosh

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