To capture and showcase innovations and progress by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in Indian elementary education sector, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar recently launched a dedicated web portal, ShaGun for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
The Union HRD Minister also unveiled the ‘Toolkit for Master Trainers in Preparing Teachers for Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs’, which has been prepared by World Bank in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development.
On this occasion, the Union Minister reiterated Government’s commitment for improving the ‘quality’ of education. He said that the HRD ministry will be codifying the learning outcome to set assessment standards for abilities with regards to comprehension, mathematics, language etc and thus ensuring “all children acquire, at least, the minimum levels of learning” from classes I to VIII under Right to Education Act, 2009.
Learning Outcomes are assessment standards indicating the expected levels of learning that children should achieve for that class. These outcomes can be used as check points to assess learning at different points of time. The learning outcomes would help teachers to understand the learning levels of children in their respective classes individually as well as collectively. Learning outcomes should be the point of reference for conducting achievement surveys. Hence it is necessary that the defined Learning Outcomes are also shared with parents and community at large. The HRD ministry has uploaded a draft document on its website in this regard to invite comments and suggestions through email address given. ([email protected])
Javadekar termed this e-initiative as a global democratic forum enabled by technology which will give a peek in the Indian elementary education scenario and spread constructive lessons. He highlighted that this first-of-its kind platform will give due recognition to people, state governments, schools, teachers working towards improving elementary education across the country. The Union Minister emphasized that ShaGun will help monitor progress of implementation of SSA by assessing performance of states and UTs on key parameters and thereby serve as a platform for the central government for effective planning and deliver on the promise of providing quality education to all.
ShaGun, which has been coined from the words ‘shala’ meaning schools and ‘gunvatta’ meaning quality, has been developed with a twin track approach.
First is the repository with an engaging interface that focuses on positive stories and developments in the field of school education. In this repository, best practices will be documented in the form of videos, testimonials, case studies, and images, which will display state-level innovations and success stories that are driving improvements in performance under SSA. This repository has a decentralised management structure that enables State governments to choose, upload and manage their own content.
Secondly, it has an online monitoring module to measure state-level performance and progress against key educational indicators. It has been developed to collect and report data which will enable the Government and administrators to track the efficiency with which SSA funds are being utilised and the results that this is delivering. SSA is a centrally sponsored scheme providing universal access to education to children in the age group of six to 14. The SSA ShaGun web portal can be accessed at http://ssashagun.nic.in.