In news– National Achievement Survey (NAS) was held on 12th November, 2021 across the country.
About the survey–
- The Government of India has been implementing a rolling programme of sample based National Achievement Survey (NAS) aimed at classes III, V, VIII and X with a cycle period of three years.
- NAS is undertaken by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
- It is the largest, nationwide, sample-based education survey conducted across India.
- It will help to assess the learning interruptions and new learnings during the COVID pandemic and help to take remedial measures.
- The instrument development, testing, finalization of the test items, sampling of the schools etc. has been done by NCERT.
- However, the actual administration of the test in the sampled schools will be done by CBSE in collaboration with the respective states/UTs.
- NAS 2021 will cover the entire spectrum of schools i.e. Government Schools (Central Government and State Government), Government Aided Schools and Private schools across the country.
- It is expected that nearly 1.23 lakh schools and 38 lakh students in 733 districts across 36 States and UTs will be covered in the NAS 2021.
- It will be conducted in Language, Mathematics & EVS for class 3 & 5; Language, Mathematics, Science & Social Science for class 8 and Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and English for class 10.
- The Test would be conducted in 22 mediums of instruction covering Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Mizo, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Garo, Khasi, Konkani, Nepali, Bhutia, and Lepcha.
- A National Steering Committee has been constituted for conduct of NAS headed by Chairman, CBSE.
- The last NAS was held in November 2017 for assessing the competencies developed by the children at the grade levels III, V and VIII.
- Though it was scheduled to take place in 2020, due to the Covid-19 situation, it was postponed until this year.