skills to be fine - tuned
The Times of India
Bangalore, July 13, 2006
By October 73,827
children studying in government schools across Bangalore
from classes II to VII will have better reading skills.
That is the aim of the Karnataka learning partnership
(KLP), a public –private partnership between Sarva
Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Akshara foundation, which
was launched on Wednesday by minister for primary and
secondary education Basavaraj Horatti.
The KLP also announced the first phase of the Accelerated
Reading programme (ARP) across 1,411 Government schools
in nine educational blocks over three months, which
began on July 3. The results of the programme will be
monitored scientifically every fortnight and uploaded
on the website wwwkarnatakalearningpartnership.org.
“The results will be given along with various
details like age, gender, school etc. to enable interpretation,”
Akshara Foundation chairperson Rohini Nilekani said.
The ARP is being implemented by 4,335 government school
teachers, who were trained in May this year, by the
foundation, government master resources personnel (MRP)
and cluster resource personnel (CRP).
The baseline test for the ARP was administered by
1,83,431 children where it was found that 45 percent
needed remedial attention. “This coincides with
the Karnataka state quality assurance organization (KSQAO)
results that stated that over 40 percent of the children
were unable to read properly”, said Nilekani.
The 45-days learning to read programme involves teachers
read out through 45 story cards each for one working
day and student learn to read them too. As money as
3.3 million cards have been designed. Assessment, which
involves reading out aloud of simple paragraph, will
take place after every 15th working days- on July 25,
August 22 and in September end or October.
Horatti said that based on the ARP results, the programme
would be taken in to other parts of the state, especially
north Karnataka. “Before August 15, a blue print
of the current state of education as well as the action
plan till 2010 will be prepared.”
SSA state project director L K Ateeq said Nali Kali,
an activity- based; learning with more emphases on maps
and colorful learning aids has been introduced in 8,000
government schools where literacy levels are low.
Teachers’ recruitment : The minister also announced
that 14,000 high school teachers will be appointed this