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Gunotsav effect: Primary schools do better in Gujarat

Thursday, 5 May 2011 - 4:33pm IST | Place: Gandhinagar | Agency: DNA
State's primary education department has claimed the success of Gunotsav 2010 which has shown a 16% increase in overall performance of primary schools. Students, teachers and schools have shown improvement on grading scale.

Compared to 2009, Gunotsav 2010 has yielded improved results. State's primary education department has claimed the success of Gunotsav 2010 which has shown a 16% increase in overall performance of primary schools. Students, teachers and schools have shown improvement on grading scale.

RP Gupta, state primary education secretary, said, "The overall performance of primary schools has gone up by 16%. This year, apart from government schools, we had included grant-in-aid schools and ashram shalas. Class VIII was included in primary section and thus included in assessment were classes I, II and VIII. In Gunotsav 2009, there were 32,331 schools and this year, 32,747 schools were part of the quality assessment drive."

Gupta further said that scale and scope had broadened in Gunotsav 2010.

He said, "The 2009 programme comprised only Gujarati reading, writing and mathematics; whereas in 2010, English reading and writing, social studies and science were also included. The overall average performance of the schools in the state in 2009 was 4.98 out of 10, which rose to 5.51 in 2011."

In addition, more number of teachers were included for grading in Gunotsav 2010. Last year's Gunotsav programme saw participation of 1.08 lakh teachers, whereas, this year 1.73 lakh teachers were included in the exercise.

Decrease in number of academically poor students was a positive outcome of Gunotsav. Grading of schools and teachers also went up. Percentage of schools in grade between 0 and 2 were 4.15% in 2009 which went down to 2.23% in 2010. Similarly, percentage of schools in the grade slots of 2-4 and 4-6 were 14.81% and 54.81% in 2009 respectively which dipped to 9.52% and 44.34% respectively in 2010.

Schools in grading slots of 6-8 and 8-10 saw a rise in Gunotsav 2010. In 2009, in the grading slot of 6-8, there were 25% schools which rose to 41% in 2010. In the grade slot of 8-10, there were 1.02% schools in 2009 which doubled to 2.33% in 2019.

Based on these figures, Gupta commented, "These results are showing that objectives of the Gunotsav programme are being met," said Gupta.


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