Education: The NITI Aayog has recommended a daily four-hour play-based timetable for children in anganwadis, a survey to identify the three crore out-of-school children, and a focus on improving foundational literacy and numeracy. The national think tank made these suggestions in its report prepared for the Governing Council meeting chaired by the Prime Minister.
According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, 27 percent of children between the ages of three and six years, don’t have access to any pre-school education. To address this issue, NITI Aayog has suggested setting a daily four-hour play-based timetable in anganwadis. As of now, formal schooling in government schools starts with Grade 1, but once the National Education Policy (NEP) gets implemented, children of ages three to six years will also be a part of the formal education system.
NITI Aayog has also asked states to consider introducing local and contextualised teaching-learning material for students. Along with that, it also suggested preparing a 10-year roadmap for starting balvatikas—creches in anganwadis for young children—in every primary school, starting this year.
According to the report, there are over three crore out-of-school children across the country. It has therefore recommended a household survey to be conducted this year to identify all the out-of-school children. Furthermore, it also highlighted the need for a 10-year projection of need analysis of infrastructure to understand steps that need to be taken to increase access to education for all children in the country.
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