With students in government-run primary schools failing to learn reading and writing with complete understanding, Haryana government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a New Delhi based foundation to enhance professional skills of teachers and improve learning in early grades.
Disclosing the rationale behind and objectives of the three-year MoU with the New Delhi-based Language and Learning Foundation (LLF), additional chief secretary, education, PK Das said the core objective of this intervention is to strengthen the academic support that can be provided by the state resource persons and others to Hindi teachers.
Children studying in government schools are not learning to read and write with complete understanding. Language and literacy skills are not well developed by the end of Grade 3. This is evident from the different achievement surveys conducted in recent years.
With a view to improving conceptual knowledge and skills of children various activities such as Joyful Saturday and introduction of Skill Passbooks for all students in schools have been started.
The main focus of the MOU will be to build the capacity of state resource persons in terms of conceptual knowledge and classroom practice to effectively support the teachers in the process of literacy and language development in early grades, and to implement developed literacy package in the state, Das added.
As per the MoU, the LLF would raise about Rs 2.75 Crore from external agencies for investing in schools and teachers in Haryana. The main target group of the project would be resource persons and other officials in the state.
The intervention would also reach out to teachers as direct intervention. The total number of expected participants is 450 (250 resource group +200 teachers). The intervention will demonstrate school level change in the teaching-learning process of language and literacy in 200 schools, Das added.