Due to the daily surge in COVID-19 cases across the country Centre has decided to pull off the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2020, which was scheduled to be held in November.
NAS is a survey conducted by the Centre in state-run and aided schools across all districts of India, aiming at understanding the health of the education system and evaluating how competent the students are in their respective classes. The information gathered from the survey is used to formulate policies, planning and pedagogical interventions to improve student learning.
The NAS, which was last conducted in 2017, has been postponed to 2021 and will be held around the same time as it was planned this year. “Due to current prevailing pandemic situation in the country, it has been decided to postpone NAS to 2021,” was the message sent by the director of Union Ministry of Education, JP Pandey to principal secretaries, school education of all the states and union territories, last week.
The survey for classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 will be held either during the first week of October or second week of November in 2021 and will be conducted jointly by the Union ministry of education and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The central ministry has asked the states and UTs to inform their preference of date by September 18.
Punjab government had organized the first-ever Punjab Achievement Survey (PAS) for students of classes 6 to 12 via Google Quiz, last month, to prepare the teachers and students for the national achievement survey, which now stands cancelled for this year.
In November 2017, 25 lakh students from 1.1 lakh schools across 701 districts participated in the NAS which assessed grade-level competencies of the students.