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Machinery geared up to meet 100% target

Statesman News Service |

“Our policy aims to use the PPP model to provide education to these underprivileged children and at the same time boost our revenues as we are reeling under a financial loss,” Chairman of Standing Committee of EDMC Jitender Chaudhary said.

Delhi government’s much-hyped Chunauti 2018 has entered a new phase this week as the entire school machinery geared up to meet 100 percent ‘Ability to Read’ target set by Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. 

A baseline assessment done as part of the Delhi government’s education reforms had shown that 74 per cent students in Class 6 could not read their own textbooks. On the occasion of the Teachers’ Day on 5 September, Sisodia who also holds education portfolio, had administered a pledge to teachers that all children studying in Class 6 to 8 should be able to read by Children’s Day, 14 November. 

"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 per cent ‘Ability to Read’ initiative will go a long way in helping children learn better and faster in schools," said Sisodia. 

Chunauti 2018 is a plan to provide special support to children who are not able to read their textbook. Students from the "Nishtha" level, who have till now achieved reading skills and basic mathematical abilities will be now transitioned to their grade appropriate syllabus over the remaining academic year. Those students who are still non-readers will be given special support and attention to ensure that by 14 November, they acquire the ability to read with comprehension. 

Under the campaign, one hour a day is being set aside for reading based activities, and a special teacher has been assigned for every set of 30 non-readers to provide them with extra support. The Directorate of Education (DoE) is monitoring the progress of children through such activities. 

Each Saturday, the teacher has to conduct a review of the class reading levels using assessment tools designed by SCERT. Regional Directors of Education also holding weekly review meetings, along with the Deputy Directors of Education, Heads of Schools and Mentor Teachers, to monitor the progress of the "Every Child Can Read" campaign. School Management Committees (SMCs) of some schools will be organising ‘Reading Melas’ where local children will come with their parents and participate in fun reading activities in a community area.