India Today | 12 September 2016
The Delhi High Court has sought AAP government's reply to a plea demanding for 'Chunauti 2018' be extended to primary classes as well which currently caters to students of higher secondary classes only.
In order to give special focus on students to enhance their leaning levels and improve dropout rate, the AAP government has come up with new education reform plan that will address all the issues effectively.
Recently, the Delhi High Court has sought AAP government's reply to a plea demanding for 'Chunauti 2018' be extended to primary classes as well which currently caters to only students of higher secondary classes.
Details of the scheme:
- Under 'Chunauti 2018' scheme, continuous vigilance would be there on students and the weaker students would be given "special focus" to enhance learning levels from classes 6 to 9
- This scheme also aims at training and guiding candidates who are currently enrolled in class 9, so as to help them in successfully appearing for the class 10 board examinations next year.
Why was plea filed?
- As per reports, the plea was filed by Centre for Civil Society and has alleged "Right to Education has been reduced to right to schooling"
- Advocate Prashant Narang, appearing for the Centre for Civil Society, said, "The current emphasis is on buildings, teachers and toilets rather than learning. Assessment showed huge learning deficits and government knows it very well"
- "RTE places a legal obligation on the government, local authority and teachers to ensure learning through assessments and targeted learning intervention. Not only for middle classes, but for primary classes as well," advocate added
- Further, the plea said that the recent assessment of sixth graders that was conducted by the government revealed that 74 per cent students are still unable to read or write basic text of Hindi.
To resolve this matter, a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal has been constituted.
Moreover, the bench has issued notices to all the three municipal corporations and has sought stake from them on the plea which demands that 'Chunauti 2018' be extended to primary classes as well
Not only this, the plea said it has been observed in the past that the children from government schools reaching secondary grade levels have huge learning deficits but the scheme completely excludes children of primary classes.
Furthermore, the court has fixed the matter for hearing on November 28.
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