The center has decided to postpone the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2020 for a year as the number of coronavirus cases in the country has soared.
The NAS, which was originally supposed to be held in November 2020 to assess student learning levels, will now take place around the same time next year. “Due to the current pandemic situation in the country, it was decided to postpone the NAS to 2021,” said a message from the director of the Union’s Ministry of Education, JP Pandey, last week to the chief secretaries, school education of all states and the union areas.
The Central Ministry has tentatively scheduled the survey for grades 3, 5, 8 and 10 in the first week of October or the second week of November 2021, and asked states and UTs to share their preference by September 18. “Since the survey includes all states and UTs, establishing the dates early would help stakeholders and other agencies involved in running the NAS to plan seamlessly and in a timely manner,” the letter said. The postponement came when India’s Covid-19 record topped 40 lakh.
The exercise is jointly run by the Union Ministry of Education and the National Council on Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to assess class-appropriate learning skills of students in state and assisted schools, understand the educational status of the school, and diagnose disease. and take action to fill it. The last survey in November 2017 rated the learning level of 25 lakh students from 1.10 lakh schools in 701 districts in all states and UTs.
A senior official from the Punjab Schools Education Department said no other option was available as all schools are closed. “There are currently no plans to reopen schools as Covid-19 cases are increasing across the country. Whenever a decision is made, elementary and middle schools will be the last to reopen, ”he said. Punjab conducted the Punjab Achievement Survey (PAS) online for Grade 6-12 students last month to review learning outcomes and prepare teachers and students for the national achievement survey. In the 2017 survey, Punjab students had not done well, especially in math, although they did better in languages.