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BHUBANESWAR: The school and mass education department asked all teachers to design instructional strategies for children based on the result of baseline assessment conducted after resumption of offline classes after a gap of nearly 20 months due to Covid pandemic.
The department issued a series of instructions for teachers after basement assessment of class VI and VII that concluded on Wednesday. The department noticed that as teachers did not analyze the results of basement assessment of class VIII students nor did they take any follow up action.
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“It came to our notice that after the baseline assessment the results have not been analyzed in the classroom with the students and no follow up measures have been taken. It was expected that on the basis of the results question wise analysis can be made in the classroom, where the high achievers can help the low achievers in an encouraging atmosphere,” wrote school and mass education secretary Satyabrata Sahu to all district education officers (DEO).
He further mentioned that, this assessment drive is not to be considered as an examination for the students, instead it should be treated as an attempt to know the learning levels of students and to identify the learning loss of every child due to prolonged closure of schools.
“The results of the assessment can prove to be a game changer for school learning by planning suitable intervention through appropriate instructional designs for overcoming the learning loss of the students and ensuring their further learning,” Sahu pointed out.
After a significant drop in covid cases, Odisha government reopened schools for class VI to XII in a phased manner. Since students did not attend any physical classes for the last two academic sessions and promoted to higher classes without appearing for the annual examinations.
“Online classes were not very satisfactory for the children who attended, while many children were deprived from it due to various reasons. The baseline assessment would have assessed the standard and learning abilities of students, lessons of previous classes were revised, and to know how much the kids remembered about the previous years’ lessons. But the teachers did not take it seriously,” said a senior officer of the department. The question papers for the assessment test were prepared by the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) to know the learning abilities of children.
For the assessment test of class VI and VII, the department asked teachers to share the answer sheets with students and parents and analyze the mistakes. Peer learning will be promoted by referring to previous years’ textbooks. Teachers will counsel and give extra attention to slow learners. Children will be asked to practice workbooks on previous lessons. Development of writing and reading activities must be emphasized by engaging kids in various activities, the letter said.
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