Schools prep up to meet 100 % ability to read target

Schools prep up to meet 100 % ability to read target

City govt ready with steps to improve edu quality

Schools prep up to meet 100 % ability to read target

The Delhi government on Sunday said that the entire school machinery has geared up to meet the ‘100 per cent ability to read’ target.

The government had early this month set itself a two-month challenge after a recent assessment revealed that 74 per cent students in class 6 of government schools can’t read their textbooks.

It had said that the first step in academic improvement would be to ensure that every child can read and had administered a pledge to teachers that all children studying in classes six to eight would be able to read by Children’s Day, November 14.

“The government has constantly worked on improving infrastructure and teaching conditions in government schools of Delhi. Improving learning levels of children is also a priority for our government. The 100% 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 education portfolio.

The Delhi government schools will set aside at least an hour daily for reading to help children who struggle with it. Other planned steps are progress reviews by ‘mentor teachers’, ‘reading melas’, and a volunteer programme in which community members will be invited to engage with students.

A special teacher shall be assigned for every set of 30 non-readers to provide them with extra support. Each Saturday, the teacher will be expected to conduct a review of the class’ reading levels using assessment tools designed by SCERT.

Weekly review meetings

Regional Directors of Education will also hold weekly review meetings, along with the Deputy Directors of Education, school heads and mentor teachers, to monitor the progress of the ‘Every Child Can Read’ campaign.

In order to engage the parents and the community with this entire effort, School Management Committees (SMCs) of some schools will also be organising ‘reading melas’ where local children will come with their parents and participate in fun reading activities in a community area.

The plan is a part of the Chunauti-2018 project, under which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government seeks to improve the learning levels in its schools and bring drop outs into the mainstream.

Under this, the students are divided into three groups – Pratibha (who can read and write the text of a particular class and do basic math), Nishtha (who have scored below 33 per cent in their previous class and struggle in reading and writing), and Vishwas (who have failed class nine twice or more).

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