The Ministry of Education on Wednesday released the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 report which assesses the health of the school education system in the country by conducting a comprehensive assessment survey of the learning skills of children in classes III, V, VIII and X with a cycle period of three years. It reflects the overall assessment of the school education system. The last NAS was in 2017.
NAS 2021 was held on 12.11.2021 across all levels in India and covered public schools (central government and state government); government-subsidized schools; and private schools without aid. The subjects covered are language, mathematics and EVS for classes 3 and 5; Language, Mathematics, Science & Social Science for Class 8 and Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and English for Class 10.
According to the Department of School Education and Literacy, about 34 lakh students from 1.18 lakh schools in 720 districts in rural and urban areas participated in the NAS 2021. The national bulletin was published and placed in the public domain on nas.gov.in. It will allow the results to be analyzed and corrective measures to be taken at the appropriate levels. The objective of the NAS 2021 is to assess the progress and learning skills of children as an indicator of the effectiveness of the education system, in order to take appropriate measures for corrective actions at different levels. It will help close learning gaps and help state/UT governments develop long-term, medium-term and short-term interventions to improve learning levels and move towards differential planning based on NAS 2021.
The report is based on performance in all subjects through disaggregation by gender (female, male), area (rural and urban), school management (governmental, government-subsidized and private non-subsidized) and social groups (Appendix Caste (SC), Appendix Tribe (ST), Other Backward Communities (OBC) and General. This nationwide survey was administered by the CBSE in a single day at a time. The survey was administered via the technology platform designed and developed by the National Informatics Center (NIC).