Navodaya Vidyalayas Current Affairs - 2019

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Shaala Darpan portal for Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti launched

The Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Sanjay Dhotre launched the Shala Darpan Portal for Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS). It is an end to end e-Governance school automation and management system for NVS.

What is Shala Darpan portal?

It provides an integrated platform to meet the educational and administrative needs of all stakeholders (students, parents and teachers) and is capable of sending and receiving effective dialogue between every stakeholder. It will integrate all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas with a common standard which includes around 636 schools and 2.67 million students.

This single integrated platform is developed for knowledge dissemination and information sharing for 22,000 employees and more than 2 lakh students across NVS’s schools and offices. The platform at minimum cost of Rs.6 crore abides by Guidelines for Indian Government Websites(GIGS).

Major Components: It includes integrated content management portal which consists of 636 websites of Navodaya schools across India. It will contain information relating to service record, transfer or posting, disciplinary action and ACR tracking.  Apart from strengthening budget and finance management system, the portal will also improve mess management and hostel conditions

This portal has been designed from Open Source Technology and hence the cost incurred was very low (meagre budget) and up-dation cost in future will remain low.

The major effect will be end to end info sharing, proper analytical details, better transparency in evaluation of teachers and students both, 654 bilingual platform for each schooland role-based access to have better evaluation at every stage.

What are Navodaya Vidyalayas?

They are co-educational residential schools established by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti which is an autonomous organization under Union Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to provide quality modern education. The Navodaya Vidyalayas and its teachers plays a crucial contribution in educationally uplifting the rural children.

India to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2021

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. India would be participating in the PISA assessment in 2021.

What is PISA?

PISA coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is a two-hour long test. PISA measures the 15-year-old students reading, mathematics, and science literacy. PISA does not test a student’s memory and curriculum-based knowledge rather PISA emphasizes functional skills that students have acquired as they near the end of compulsory schooling. PISA measures the student’s ability to use their ability to tackle the real-life challenge.

Students who are 15-year-old and have completed or are near the end of their compulsory education and those have completed at least six years of formal schooling would be assessed.

PISA is criticised for the fact that it is obsessed with standardised testing relying heavily on quantitative measures.

India and PISA

India had participated in PISA 2009. The performance of Indian students was abysmally poor and India was ranked 72nd rank among 74 participating countries. Then government of India boycotted PISA, blaming “out of context” questions for India’s dismal performance.

India would be taking part in the 2021 test. Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, and all schools, private and government, in Chandigarh will participate in the 2021 test. OECD would also be conducting PISA-like assessment for students of Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and Navodaya Vidyalayas (NVs) annually from 2019 to familiarise themselves with their testing pattern in the run-up to the grand assessment in 2021.

Also to address the socio-cultural disconnect between the test questions and students, OECD would add an Indian touch to the questions like replacing the word avocado with more popular Indian fruit such as mango.