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CBSE, SCERT to collaborate on NAS; Survey to be held in all 733 districts across India

SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 01 ( KINS): The Central Board of School Education (CBSE) and State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Jammu and Kashmir, are all set to collaborate on conducting a sample based National Achievement Survey (NAS) for classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 in the Union Territory on November 12.

The CBSE will conduct the survey on behalf of the Education Ministry in all 733 districts across the country.

Pertinently, the survey is a competency based national-level large scale assessment conducted with an aim of providing information about the learning achievement of students to have a system level reflection on effectiveness of school education in the country.

Giving details, Director SCERT, Professor Veena Pandita, said the survey will aid educational planners, policy makers and researchers in understanding the interdependence of assessment, pedagogical process and learning outcome in improving the quality of education.

She said the prolonged school closure in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic has affected students’ learning in terms of their socio-emotional and cognitive development in more ways than one.

“NAS 2021 will help us in systematic understanding of the consequences that prolonged closure of schools has had on students’ learning,” Prof Pandita maintained. She said that results will help us to make out the students’ performance in different learning outcomes vis-à-vis the contextual variables.

SCERT has issued a string of instructions in this regard to hold the survey in a methodical manner. The heads of District Institutes of Education and Trainings (DIETs) have been nominated as district nodal officers (DNOs) who, in turn, have been authorised to appoint field investigators (FIs).

The field investigators will carry out sampling of sections and students in the assigned grade as per the procedure and complete other responsibilities in association with the observers.

“The number of FI’s to be appointed has been made available on DNO’s login on the NAS portal,” a SCERT official said. He added that the DNOs will issue instructions relating to conduct of the survey, set protocols, issue training schedules and ensure mandatory reporting for duty and attending the trainings arranged by the NAS Cell, CBSE HQ/DLC.

He said the SCERT has entrusted all the school heads of sampled schools, government as well as private, to ensure the participation of students in the survey.

“All the staff of sampled schools shall be fully Covid-vaccinated with strict instructions to abide by all the necessary protocols,” he said.

Pertinently, the SCERT conducted a survey of classes 3, 5 and 8 on September 30 aimed at identifying gaps in the students’ learning caused due the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The survey, which was conducted across all the districts of J&K UT, has acted as a dress-rehearsal for the ensuing NAS,” the official said. He added that since the survey was conducted on similar lines as laid out in the NAS, the task ahead has relatively been made easy.

He further informed that the SCERT distributed unused question booklets of the survey among the students from time to time to familiarise the students with the assessment format.

The last NAS was held in 2017/2018 for assessing the competencies of children at the grade levels 3, 5, 8 and 10, however, the next round scheduled in 2020 could not be held due to the school closures in the wake of Corona Virus.( KINS)

District Admin Srinagar holds Awareness/Registration camp for unorganized workers at Soura

Over 14000 unorganized workers registered till date

Srinagar, Nov  01 ( KINS):  The District Administration Srinagar on Monday organized a special camp for awareness and registration of unorganized workers on e-SHRAM Portal at Jinab Sahib, Soura, here.

The Camp was organized on the directions of Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad by the office of Assistant Labour Commissioner in collaboration with the Fisheries Department.

During the camp, scores of workers particularly Fishermen interacted with the Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC), Arshid Ahmad Bhat and enquired about the process and benefits of getting registered.

On the occasion, the ALC provided detailed information to unorganised workers particularly Fishermen about the benefits of registering them on e-SHRAM Portal.

The ALC said that special camps are being organised for the purpose through the Common Service Centres (CSC) across the district.

He said Registration on the e-SHRAM portal requires Aadhaar details, bank account number linked with Aadhar card and age limit of 18 to 59 years.

He further informed the participants that it is the first-ever National Database of Unorganised Workers (NDUW) created by Ministry of Labour and Employment to register the unorganized workers  including migrant workers, construction workers, domestic help, ASHA and Anganwadi workers, Street vendors, Rickshaw pullers, Farmers, Agricultural labourers, Animal husbandry workers, Barbers, Weavers, Carpenters, Brick kiln, Quarry workers, Saw mill workers, Vegetable and Fruit vendors, Newspapers vendors, Auto drivers, Sericulture workers, housemaids and other such workers to get benefits of the Government schemes.On the occasion, the ALC informed that till date more than 14000 unorganized workers have been registered in Srinagar District and further registrations are going on.( KINS)

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