Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) will increase the intake of students at Class VI level by 10 percent from the academic session 2019-20. Addition 5000 seats have been approved ‘in-principle’ and the process has been at an advanced stage of approval, HRD Ministry said. The government has also approved a proposal for engagement of two counsellors per school (1 male and 1 female) in all JNVs.
Under the integrated centrally-sponsored scheme for school education- Samagra Siksha – the state governments and UTs are supported on several interventions to improve teaching standards, in-service teachers’ training, induction training for newly-recruited teachers, ICT facilities in schools, introduction of the vocational educational component at the secondary level, etc.
In a statement, the ministry said section 23(2) of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, was amended to extend the period for training of untrained in-service elementary teachers to March 31, 2019.
The RTE rules are amended to include reference on class-wise, subject-wise learning outcomes. Learning outcomes for each class up to the elementary stage have been finalised and shared with all States and UTs, it said.
The National Council for Educational Research and Training are carrying out National Achievement Surveys to assess learning achievements of children in Classes III, V, VIII and X.
To inculcate reading habits among students, an annual grant of Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 per school under Samagra Siksha has been provisioned for the strengthening of school libraries, it said.
Rashtriya Avaishkar Abhiyan (RAA) and Atal Tinkering labs have been launched to motivate and engage children of 6-18 years of age in science, maths and technology through observation, experimentation.