The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called for an aptitude test for all students across the country for reviewing the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)
He also said that a greater synergy between the central government’s Digital India initiative and all related programs under SSA was required. Following the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act which prevents detaining of students up to Class VIII, many experts have felt that the education outcome in elementary schools was being adversely affected. SSA is the primary tool at the government’s disposal for implementing RTE.
The Prime Minister also asked the officials from concerned ministries to explore the feasibility of a twinning arrangement between a class of a school in an urban area and a class of a school in a rural area. Calling for a prompt and effective identification of the best teaching practices, Mr. Modi also said that a repository of the same was needed for eider dissemination.
Meanwhile, in a related development, HRD Minister Smriti Irani has categorically mentioned that Yoga will be introduced as a subject from Class VI to X in all central government-run schools. 80 out of 100 marks in the Yoga class will be reserved for practicals, said the minister.
“Yoga will be taught in upper primary and secondary (Class VI to X). We have decided that 80 percent will be for practicals. I want an assurance from students that they will perform the practicals with full devotion,” Irani said during an event in New Delhi.