In the secondary schools run by the Delhi government, various programs that we initiated have improved reading ability by about 20%, says Sisodia
After its ambitious 'Chunauti Scheme', the Delhi government on Monday announced to launch another education initiative -Mission Buniyaad- to improve the learning levels of students from class third to eighth, in both state-run as well as municipal corporations schools.
While making the announcement, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said, "The National Achievement Survey (NAS) has shown that the entire country, including Delhi, has a crisis of learning in our schools. The NAS demonstrates that close to half of all the children in our schools are not able to read their grade level textbooks.
"In the secondary schools run by the Delhi government, various programs that we initiated have improved reading ability by about 20%. However, children in primary schools that are under the MCDs are not able to read, and thereafter when they study in secondary schools they find it difficult to cope up with the advanced levels," he said, adding that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has now extended its efforts to the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools to help them in supporting the learning levels of its students.
Under this initiative, all the three civic bodies in the Capital, that run primary schools, will raise a cadre of teachers who will spearhead the initiative. One "mentor teacher", who will get specialised training, will be given the responsibility of mentoring other teachers in five schools to enhance the reading ability of students.
Mission Buniyaad will run from classes 3th to 5th in municipal schools and in classes 6th to 8th in Delhi government schools.
"In the days to come, children will undergo a reading level assessment based on which they will be enrolled in specialised Mission Buniyaad classes in their schools during summer breaks," Sisodia said.
The Education Minister further requested parents to cancel the vacation plans during summer holidays and send their children to schools for the remedial classes. "I appeal to parents of children to support the Delhi government and MCDs in this campaign in the interest of future of their kids," he added.