The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will be conducting the National Achievement Survey (NAS) in November which will assess students' learning achievement in both government and private schools, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated. In 2017, the survey was done for classes 3, 5, and 8, and in 2018 for class 10.
Pradhan shared the information in response to a written question in the Lok Sabha on if any study or survey has been conducted to assess the country's school education quality, particularly in light of the recent surge in online classes.
"The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) holds national sample surveys on students' learning achievement in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 on a regular basis. On November 13, 2017, the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2017 was held to assess the competencies of children in classes 3, 5, and 8 from 701 districts across 36 states and UTs, covering 22 lakh students from 10 lakh schools," Pradhan said.
"In government and government-aided schools, the NAS (2017) was administered in several subject areas like Languages, Social Sciences, EVS/Science, and Mathematics. Similarly, on February 5, 2018, NAS for class 10 was held all over the country," he stated.
The minister stated that 15 lakh children in 44,304 schools in 610 districts across 34 states and union territories had their learning levels examined in five subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and Modern Indian Language (MIL). "Furthermore, the next round of the National Achievement Survey will be conducted across the country in November 2021," he added.