The Hitavada - - THE OPINION PAGE -

IT WAS a wel­come ex­er­cise un­der­taken by the Na­tional Coun­cil for Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search and Train­ing (NCERT) to carry out a mas­sive sur­vey of stu­dents across the coun­try. The enor­mity of the ex­er­cise can be gauged from the fact that the sur­vey cov­ered 25 lakh school stu­dents in 1.10 lakh schools in 700 dis­tricts across the coun­try, un­prece­dented any­where in the world. The fact that the sur­vey as­sessed the com­pe­tence of stu­dents study­ing in stan­dards III, V and VIII in sub­jects like math­mat­ics, lan­guages, science and so­cial sci­ences, shows that the Union Hu­man Re­sources Min­istry is un­der­tak­ing a study of learn­ing skills of the stu­dents. Such study will help it to plan its aca­demic poli­cies for the fu­ture, in view of chang­ing needs of the de­vel­op­ing coun­try. Such an om­nibus sur­vey was never con­ducted in the past. The sur­vey is also im­por­tant in the light of com­plaints that present ed­u­ca­tion at pri­mary and se­condary level fails in skill de­vel­op­ment among stu­dents which has grave im­pli­ca­tions for higher ed­u­ca­tion and also em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

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