More than 80 per cent of Haryana is now Saksham or grade-level competent. After seven rounds of Saksham Ghoshna assessment, 68 more blocks have been announced Saksham in Hindi and Math, raising the total Saksham blocks to 94. As many as nine districts have become fully Saksham.
Commending the effort, the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, said that excellent work was being done under Saksham Haryana Project. The Saksham Blocks will be put to test again next year to ensure that they maintain their learning levels. These blocks will be honoured next week at functions to be organised in the districts, he added.
The Education Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma, congratulated the teachers and officers associated with Saksham Haryana Project to make the blocks Saksham and expressed the hope that they would continue to take significant steps for quality improvement of school education.
It is a matter of pride for Haryana that NITI Aayog is also recognising our learning levels so that other states can also improve theirs, he said.
Stating this here today, a spokesman of the School Education Department said that results of the Mega Round of Saksham Ghoshna, conducted on February 12, were announced yesterday.
The state now aims to make the remaining 25 non-Saksham blocks Saksham besides sustaining the Saksham status of all the 94 blocks and improving the quality of education in secondary classes.
Giving details of the Mega Round, he said that more than 200 district and block education officers conducted rigorous meetings and more than 450 mentors were engaged in the exercise.
About 28,000 school visits were conducted by mentors and monitors. On February 12, 1.9 lakh students from 4,700 schools gave the test which was smoothly conducted by about 6,000 invigilators. On the day of test, over 2,600 monitoring visits were conducted in more than 1,800 schools.
Until December, 2018, six rounds of Saksham Ghoshna had been conducted and 26 blocks were announced Saksham. It was announced in December that a mega round of Ghoshna will be conducted on February 12 for the remaining 94 blocks that have not been able to achieve Saksham status.
Throughout December, January and part of February, all non-Saksham blocks implemented block transformation plans containing academic and leadership interventions.
In order to make the blocks Saksham, the block, in co-ordination with the district, implemented several reforms. In this series, regular mentoring and monitoring visits were made to ensure Learning Enhancement Program compliance and regular pre-assessments.
Rigorous data analysis of practice assessments was conducted to ensure that all steps are targeted towards weak students, competencies and schools. Special visits were made during the Student Assessment Test (SAT) to ensure that no cheating took place.
Deputy commissioner and sub-divisional magistrate-level review meetings were held to drive action on the field. Detailed micro-level planning was done for teaching students and regular reviews were done at the cluster level. Active participation of various branches of the Education Department
such as DIET and DEO was also ensured, he added.
Saksham Haryana is a state-wide education transformation program going on for the last five years. It is being run from Saksham Haryana Cell set up in CM Office and School Education Department to improve the quality of education in schools.
The state aims to become Saksham once it has achieved grade level competencies for 80 per cent students in the state. For Haryana to become Saksham, all its districts needs to become Saksham and for a district to become Saksham, all its blocks need to become Saksham.
The spokesperson said that students of grade 3, 5 and 7 were assessed in language (Hindi) and Mathematics on a sample basis. A scientific sampling method is used to choose schools, which offer best representation of the rural, urban, boys, girls, primary and secondary schools. Based on the results of third party assessment, it is decided whether the block has actually become ‘Saksham’ or not, he added.