In a major move by the Delhi government, the municipal schools in the city will now identify the students who cannot read. The government has launched the ‘Mission Buniyaad’, which is along the lines of 2016’s Chunauti scheme. Mission Buniyad will assess the students of MCD schools in the city and look for “readers and non-readers”. According to a report in The Indian Express, officials have confirmed that the Delhi government will join hands with civic bodies to improve the children studying in schools under them. As per the new scheme, students of class III-V will be targeted in MCD schools, along with them, students studying in classes VI-VIII in government schools will also be assessed in the scheme.
It was back in 2016 when Delhi government launched the Chunauti scheme. This scheme was in place as a report found out that as many as 74 per cent of the students in Class VI were unable to read. Government officials said that the scheme was “a quality intervention which is bound to improve abilities such as learning and writing of students from classes VI to IX”. After making claims that the intervention improved the quality of student by 20 per cent, such scheme should have extended to MCD schools also.
The decision to go ahead with Mission Buniyad was taken by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. And in just two meetings, Sisodia gave his thumbs up to the scheme. There will be a number of people who will make sure the success of the scheme. Representatives from the government, three MCDs along with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will join hands to oversee the proper and rightful implementation of the introduced reforms.
The government official said, “Various MCDs will now raise a cadre of teachers to make sure the implementation of the drive is done properly, This will be done in a manner which will be similar to the mentor-teacher programme. This mentor-teacher programme is also run in various Delhi government schools. Education Department officials will take part in the campaign from April-June.”
Addressing to the parents, Deputy Delhi CM Manish Sisodia said, “Children of MCD school will undergo assessments of their reading levels. After making assessments, they will be enrolled in specialised ‘Mission Buniyaad’ classes, if they need it. And for those who are not able to read, I request all parents to cancel their summer holiday plans and send their children to school for remedial classes.”