From Our Correspondent
Silchar, Oct 10: In a bid to enhance the quality of education and improve the learning levels of students at elementary level, the Government of Assam has taken the initiative for evaluating schools and school students. The aim and purpose of Gunotsav programme is to assess the performance and design strategies of the schools to bring about quality improvement in levels of learning as well as in the school environment. Assessment will be done on four core areas, academic achievement of children, co scholastic activities, availability and utilization of school Infrastructure and other facilities and community participation.
Talking to The Sentinel at the office of Sarba Siksha Abhijan (SSA) on Tuesday, Apurba Thakuriya, state programme officer and exterl evaluator, said, “Our team which comprises state consultant Mazarfar Ali and me will coordite all the programmes related to Gunotsav. We will stay here till the end. Every block has a control room to ordite the programme. Today, only self-evaluation has been started in the schools. We are happy that a large number of students have participated in it. I am hopeful that Gunotsav will bring revolutiory changes in the education system in the state of Assam. It will awake and enlighten both the teachers and the students.”
Performance of the students of a total number of 2470 schools which includes 2055 lower primary schools, 350 upper primary schools and 65 composite schools will be evaluated. 176 clusters, 8 blocks will be covered by 842 exterl evaluators. 332 exterl evaluators have been appointed from Cachar district, 263 from Hailakandi and 247 from Karimganj district. Students of 841 schools will be evaluated on October 11, 829 schools on October 12 and 800 on October 13. 183 liaison officers and 2470 nodal teachers have been engaged for the purpose. Distribution of question papers and OMR sheets has been completed.
The programme will be able to track academic performance of each child across all subjects throughout the elementary cycle, indicate learning gaps of child, design, implement remedial strategies based on the identified learning gaps, enhance learning of students through timely regular feedback and support, and bring about improved learning outcomes, increase retention rate and reduce dropout rate, generate awareness and greater participation and ensure better school functioning.
The list of exterl evaluators includes IAS, IPS, IFS officers, ADCs and MLAs along with the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Cachar. Dr S Lakshman, IAS, DC Cachar, Rakesh Roushan, IPS, SP Cachar, Deputy Speaker of Assam Assembly MLA Dilip Kumar Paul, PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya and MLAs Amarchand Jain, Kishore th, Rajdeep Goala, Aminul Haque Laskar and Mihir Kanti Shome have been appointed exterl evaluators.