The Government of Karnataka appears to gearing up to improve the educational experience. For improving the learning outcomes and track progress of students and teachers, a number of innovative practices have been adopted in Karnataka, a report by Centre for Public Policy of IIM Bangalore (IIMB) has revealed, reports Elets News Network (ENN).
The practices adopted to provide free access to quality primary education to children include Tracking Progress, State Achievement Survey , Teacher Training Programme, Activity-Based Learning, and Making Schools Safe.
To track enrollment, attendance and learning of the children in primary schools, the State has created an integrated database called Student Achievement Tracking System (SATS). It integrates all the government databases and allots every school and student a unique ID number. Through the number, SATS helps track students to assess attendance patterns, track schools on various parameters.
State Achievement Survey
The census-based survey assesses the learning of 36 lakh students in language, mathematics and social sciences. The students studying in class four to nine of all government and government-aided schools of the state are assessed during the survey. It is conducted to evaluate how much each student has learnt. So far, 8 lakh children have been identified and provided with remedial assistance.
Teacher Training Programme
To enhance the quality of education in the classroom, Guruchetna – a customised teacher training programme — has been introduced that allows teachers to choose modules based on their interest and needs.
Nali Kali is an activity-based learning model which enables students to learn according to their capabilities rather than the grade level textbook. It aims to make learning fun and meaningful for children.
Making Schools Safe
Karnataka is the first State in the country to come up with a comprehensive policy to ensure school children’s safety. The Child Protection Policy (CPP) of the State is developed as per the guidelines issued by Unicef and NIMHANS, Bengaluru. It acts as a guiding document for all educational institutions for safety of students.
The initiatives on one hand have created a healthy learning environment where students’ achievements are likely to improve. On the other hand, child safety protocols have been developed to ensure that boys and girls remain safe in that environment.