Reforming education: Chunauti 2018 aims to take reading to a new height
This is the sub-target of the government’s ambitious project – Chunati 2018, a plan to provide special support to kids unable to read.
“The government has constantly worked on improving infrastructure and teaching conditions in government schools. Improving the learning levels of children is a priority for the government. The 100 per cent ability to read initiative will go a long way in helping children learn better and faster in schools,” said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the charge of the education department.
“Chunati 2018 academic plan has entered a new phase this week as the entire school machinery gears up to meet 100 per cent ability to read target,” he added.
Recently, the government had conducted a baseline assessment done as part of its education reforms. The results of the assessment were shocking as around 74 per cent students in Class 6 could not read their textbooks.
“Therefore, the first step in academic improvement would be to ensure that every child is able to read,” said Sisodia.
On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, the minister had administered a pledge to teachers that all children studying in Classes 6-8 are able to read by Children’s Day, November 14.
Students from the ‘Nishtha’ level, who have till now achieved reading skills and basic mathematical abilities will be now transitioned to their grade appropriate syllabus over the remaining academic year.
“Those who are still non-readers were be given special support and attention to ensure that by November 14, they acquire the ability to read with comprehension,” he said.
As per the plan, one hour daily shall be set aside for reading activities and a teacher shall be assigned for every set of 30 non-readers.
The Directorate of Education wants to be in a position to monitor the progress of children through such activities. Each Saturday, the teacher would be expected to conduct a review of the class’ reading levels using assessment tools designed by the SCERT. Regional Directors of Education will also hold weekly review meetings, along with the Deputy Directors of Education, Heads of Schools and Mentor Teachers, to monitor the progress of the ‘Every Child Can Read’ campaign.
In order to engage parents and the community, School Management Committees (SMCs) will also be organising ‘Reading Melas’, where children and theri parents will participate in fun reading activities in a community area.