Sisodia urges Dharmendra Pradhan to postpone National Achievement Survey


Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Trade Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urging him to postpone the National Achievement Survey (NAS) scheduled for Friday in schools across the country to assess learning levels.

Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Minister of Education, said the data collected from the survey would not be “reliable” as schools have not fully reopened after a lengthy closure due to COVID-19, and the event would be a “waste” of time and Money.

“After a year and a half, students began to gradually come to schools. I believe that we should now focus on the social, mental and emotional well-being of students. A large number of students have not returned to school, and efforts must be made. to bring them back rather than formulate a policy based on a survey conducted when schools are half open, ”Sisodia said in a letter.

“I humbly ask you to stop the survey at this point and do it later when the situation returns to normal. The purpose of the survey will only be achieved and the data will be reliable. policy will be formulated, the results can be fatal, ”he added.

More than 38,000 students from 1.23 million schools in 733 districts of the country will take part in the poll on Friday, officials from the Ministry of Education (MO) said.

A survey that assesses the competencies of third, fifth and eighth grade students is conducted every three years. It was last held in 2017 and was supposed to take place in 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 situation, it was postponed until this year.

While tool development, testing, test completion, school sampling, etc. have been performed by NCERT, the actual administration of the test in the selected schools will be carried out by CBSE in collaboration with the respective states and union territories.

The survey will cover public, public and private schools and will help assess learning disruptions and new knowledge during a pandemic, and take corrective action.


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