The Uttarakhand state is progressing towards raising the bar of quality of education with the DEEKSHA – “Dedication to enhance education through knowledge, skill and habit assessment” program of the education department launched on Wednesday at the state secretariat by Uttarakhand’s chief secretary, Shatrughna Singh.
Singh addressed the education officials present at the launch and the district magistrates and chief education officers of the 13 districts across Uttarakhand by the means of video-conferencing and stated the need to improve and enhance the quality of education in the government schools of the state and directed them to take personal interest to ensure DEEKSHA’s successful implementation, while mentioning that he himself would monitor the progress of model schools in the state. Besides this, the chief secretary gave out directions to ensure that AADHAR cards of all the students are made as soon as possible such that the requisite information about them can be seeded with their bank accounts and also directed repair work on priority basis for the schools with dilapidated buildings.
Speaking at length about the DEEKSHA initiative and its importance, the secretary school education, D Senthil Pandiyan said, “The primary aim of the DEEKSHA project is to make sure that regular assessment of the students’ performance is done and the remedial measures to improve their knowledge base and performance are taken. The program will be taken up like a campaign in all the schools across our state and education officials would take active participation in ensuring that it is monitored well with timely inspections. We sincerely hope and believe this would help in raising the level of quality of education in state owned schools and more children would take interest in joining the government run schools”
It is learnt that the program consists of – Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) and Learning Level Assessment (LLA), while the CCE would be used to gauge the learning levels in the primary classes, the LLA would be implemented for the students of senior classes. Officials state that in the wake of the Right to education (RTE) due to the enforcement of the “no detention policy” till class VIII, many students reach class IX level without having sufficient knowledge and under LLA, different methods will be used to help them cope with the pressure of studies in higher classes.
To ensure the successful implementation of the DEEKSHA initiative, a booklet developed by the State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) containing the guidelines for the implementation of the program was also released on the occasion.
The state’s education department officials are certain that the campaign will ensure school kids are regularly assessed and remedial measures are taken thereby overhauling the education scenario and raising the bar of education in government run schools. The primary education director, Seema Jaunsari as well as the secondary education director, R K Kunwar besides other senior education officials attended the launch session.