The dismal situation of government schools
in India is no secret for anyone. Many studies have revealed that students fail
to read text which is meant for at least 3 classes below their standard. In
many schools, even class 5th schools find it hard to read simple
English words. Now, the Delhi government is planning to set things right with
its Chunauti 2018 policy. As per the policy, the government wants to ensure
that all the school children turn into able readers latest by 14th
November this year.
Under the policy, the state government also
intends to test the students for conditions such as hyperactivity disorder,
dyslexia disorder and other such conditions which hinder the learning of the
student, thereby resulting in a lower than expected result. The government is
striving to give special attention to these students so that all of them can
easily write and read before they enter grade 8th.
Adviser to the state’s chief minister,
Atishi Marlena said that, "Most schools now have at least one
counsellor. In addition, we have hired over 100 new emotional and vocational
guidance counsellors. Children will be tested for learning disabilities.
Earlier, there was no plan or method to identify and help these students. Now
that teachers have to spend time with each child individually, these issues are
being recognised. Individual study and development plans will be created for
all children who need it,"
Although the government has kind
intentions, this seems to be an uphill task since the inability of the students
to read and write is a result of years of negligence on part of the teachers
and can’t be rectified in just a matter of few weeks.