Ministry of Education baseline assessment to propel NIPUN Bharat mission to end on March 26

The Union Department of Education is conducting a ‘Fundamental Learning Study’ to assess students’ learning levels up to Grade 3, according to an official statement.

The study, which is being conducted with the aim of undertaking an assessment to establish a baseline for the NIPUN Bharat mission, is being conducted by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in all states and Union Territories over a four-day window from March 23-26.

About 10,000 schools and one lakh students from sampled schools are expected to participate, he said.

“The study is the first of its kind in the world as it aims to establish benchmarks for reading with comprehension in 22 Indian languages,” the statement said.

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Its objective is to conduct a large-scale assessment of the foundational learning of 3rd graders to establish a baseline for the NIPUN Bharat mission. The National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading, Comprehension and Numeracy (NIPUN Bharat) was launched by the ministry last year to ensure that by 2026-2027, every child in the country necessarily achieves the basics literacy and numeracy by the end of Grade 3.

The survey aims to establish reading proficiency benchmarks for fluency with comprehension for each of the languages ​​assessed in the study.

It will also fulfill the purpose of providing the data for Sustainable Development Goal 4.1.1 (educational skill levels).

In the statement, the ministry cited the National Education Policy 2020, which emphasizes that “the ability to read and write and perform basic operations with numbers is a necessary foundation and an indispensable prerequisite for any future schooling and all lifelong learning”.