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‘Buniyaad’ to enhance reading skills of students

20 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

NEW DELHI: To enhance quality of education imparted in schools of the capital, the government has taken on board the local bodies, including the municipal corporations (MCDs), to implement “Mission Buniyaad”, a new programme announced today for improving learning levels of children studying both in government-run and municipal schools.

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 19

To enhance quality of education imparted in schools of the capital, the government has taken on board the local bodies, including the municipal corporations (MCDs), to implement “Mission Buniyaad”, a new programme announced today for improving learning levels of children studying both in government-run and municipal schools.

Basically, an extension of the AAP government’s “Chunauti” scheme, the programme will assess the readability of kids of class III to V in MCD schools and VI to VIII of Delhi government schools during April to June.

Announcing the programme, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, appealed to parents in the city to cancel their vacations this year so that their children do not miss the remedial classes to be held over the three months before the next academic session.

Pointing out at the recent National Achievement Survey (NAS), Sisodia said the entire country, including Delhi, has a crisis of learning at school level and nearly half of all children in the country were unable to read grade level textbooks.

In this context, various programmes initiated by the Delhi government in secondary schools have improved reading ability by about 20 per cent, he said.

Children studying at MCD-run primary schools are not able to read and thereafter they find it difficult to cope with the advanced levels at the higher classes in the government schools.

“We have already discussed the issue with the local bodies. All municipal bodies are on board and officials of the Education Department of the government will train mentor teachers in primary schools in February and March. The MCDs will thereafter raise a cadre of teachers who will drive the programme in a manner similar to the mentor teacher programme run in Delhi government schools,” said Sisodia.

Thereafter, one teacher will supervise the programme of five schools and will go on to train teachers of these five schools on improving basic reading skills and basic learning of children. All officials of the Education Department will run the campaign in “mission” mode for three months from April to June, said the Deputy CM.

For the programme, the government has already held two rounds of meetings chaired by the Education Minister with MCDs, the Delhi Cantonment Board and NDMC.

"In days to come, children will undergo a reading level assessment based on which they will be enrolled in specialised Mission Buniyaad classes in their schools. I appeal to parents of children who are not able to read to cancel their vacation plans during summer holidays for the future of their kids.”

Poor attendance at BJP’s kisan, OBC morchas

Poor attendance at BJP’s kisan, OBC morchas

20 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi BJP Kisan and OBC Morchas that held a panchayat at Rajghat failed to attract large number of gathering today. The panchayat held to discuss problems of the farmers and other residents of the rural areas of the city in which representatives of about 80 villages of north, east, west and south Delhi participated.

Auto permit scam

Cops hand-in-glove with govt: Swaraj India

20 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

NEW DELHI: The Swaraj India (SI) today came down heavily on the AAP government and the Delhi Police claiming “inaction” on their part despite the registration of an FIR in a case embroiling the city government and ministry officials over alleged fraudulent permit transfers in the Burari Transport Authority.

Cong braces for bypolls

20 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) today has begun the preparation for assembly by-election with a meeting held with senior leaders including former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who had run government in Delhi for 15 consecutive years.

Murder convict escapes from police custody, 3 cops suspended

20 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

NEW DELHI: A murder convict escaped from the police custody today with the help of his accomplices, who threw chilli powder in the eyes of police personnel accompanying the prisoner during a hospital visit in central Delhi, leading to the suspension of three policemen.

4-yr-old girl crushed under truck

20 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

NEW DELHI: A four-year-old girl was today crushed to death by a speeding truck in Narela, a police official said. The accident occurred when the girl had gone to relieve herself today morning, he said.

Metro smart card for feeder buses

19 Feb 2018 | 12:46 AM

NEW DELHI:To ensure last mile connectivity to its commuters, the DMRC has now integrated “common mobility card” in its feeder buses and few of the parking lots of the Delhi Metro network.

CM: Capital saw lowest power cuts this fiscal

19 Feb 2018 | 12:46 AM

NEW DELHI:Delhi recorded its lowest ever power cuts in the current financial year even as the peak power demand has been rising in the recent years with highest ever seen this fiscal.

Bypoll: Cong banks on Dikshit’s work

19 Feb 2018 | 12:46 AM

NEW DELHI: To reclaim the Capital, Congress is using the works carried out under Sheila Dikshit to counter the Kejriwal-led AAP in the possible by-elections in 20 Delhi assembly seats lying vacant following the disqualification of the ruling party’s MLAs over charges of office of profit.

Two injured in restrobar clash

19 Feb 2018 | 12:46 AM

NEW DELHI:High drama inside a south Delhi Hukka bar-cum-restaurant after two rival gangs’ members clashed on Saturday late night leaving two people critically injured, who were admitted to AIIMS Trauma Center, said police.

Traders want DDA, MCD to be privatised

19 Feb 2018 | 12:46 AM

NEW DELHI:In the backdrop of sealing of commercial premises, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) today suggested that the central government should privatise Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) claiming both the agencies have “failed” to deliver things on time.

L-G tells secretaries to authenticate orders

19 Feb 2018 | 12:46 AM

NEW DELHI:L-G Anil Baijal has directed secretaries and principal secretaries of the Delhi Government to authenticate all orders to be executed in the name of LG, failing which strict action, including recovery of financial loss to the exchequer, would be taken.

Rs 25k for info on man who made obscene gestures

18 Feb 2018 | 1:25 AM

NEW DELHI:The Delhi Police has announced a reward for information about the unidentified man who was seen masturbating next to a Delhi University (DU) student in a moving bus last week, said police.

70-year-old woman looted at knifepoint

18 Feb 2018 | 1:25 AM

A 70-year-old woman was looted at the knifepoint at her home in Greater Kailash Part-2.

CISF takes steps to curb suicides at Metro stations

18 Feb 2018 | 1:25 AM

NEW DELHI:There has been a surge in the number of suicide at Metro stations in the city.

Hit and run case: Accused arrested, bailed

18 Feb 2018 | 1:25 AM

Police have arrested accused Vaibhav Vyas, owner of the vehicle which hit two college students and a policeman in Delhi University campus on last morning.

Fake degree racket busted, 3 arrested

18 Feb 2018 | 1:25 AM

NEW DELHI:The Outer District police was alerted to check upon the menace of fake mark sheet suppliers in the city.

Govt directs liquor vends to install CCTV cameras

18 Feb 2018 | 1:27 AM

NEW DELHI:The Excise Department has mandated liquor vends to install CCTV cameras, a move aimed to keep a tab on activities outside the outlets. The official said if anything found illegal, authorities concerned can take action.

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