Poor learning outcomes may attract actions against schools

If a school fails to help its students in achieving the specified learning outcomes, it may attract court cases or government action, latest amendments in rules under the Right to Education directed.

To include provision for the preparation of class-wise learning outcomes, the Central Government has amended the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Rules, 2010, informed a gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD).

Learning outcomes are the standards which help teachers to assess the learning levels of students individually and collectively as per their respective classes.

According to the notification, all the states, except for Jammu and Kashmir, have been asked to prepare “class-wise, subject-wise learning outcomes for all elementary classes”, according to the notification.

According to the notification, the states are also directed for putting into continuous and comprehensive practice for evaluating the defined learning outcomes are achieved by the school or not.

The notification further revealed that it is mandatory for every school to achieve the minimum learning outcome by the end of every academic year.

An exhaustive list of learning outcome indicators for classes I-VIII has been put in public domain in January for feedback for English, Hindi, Urdu, Science, Mathematics and Social Sciences subjects by National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT). “The states will be asked to prepare guidelines to put into practice continuous and comprehensive evaluation to achieve the defined learning outcomes for classes I-VIII before the 2017-2018 academic session begins,” the official said.

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