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NAS Survey 2021: Here is how it exposes the ‘Krantikari’ Education model of the Delhi government

All of the states where Arvind Kejriwal praised the Delhi Education model are performing better than Delhi and all his claims have been busted by the NAS survey.

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Recently, the report of the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 was released by The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education. NAS study is a triennial comprehensive evaluation survey of students’ learning competencies in classes III, V, and VIII and aims to assess the overall quality of the school education system in the country.

This year, around 34 lakh students of 1.18 lakh schools in 720 districts were surveyed, both from rural and urban areas in NAS 2021. A Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) achievement test was conducted for the students at different levels to assess their learning outcomes. The performance report based on the performance in all subjects is then prepared by state, district, gender, areas (rural and urban), management (Government, aided and private) and Social Groups.

This NAS 2021 is one of the most objective tools that can be used to verify the claims of various state governments about their education systems. Especially the Delhi Education model which has been claimed by the Arvind Kejriwal government as the best model in the country. During his election campaigns in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and all other states, he has blamed local governments for poor education standards and claimed that Delhi-like education will be provided, if they are chosen to power.

However, NAS report 2021 shows a totally different picture. Here, the outcomes of Delhi government schools have been compared with all the state government schools in other states, where AAP has recently contested or planning to contest elections. The scores for all 15 subjects of 4 different levels have been tabulated below and the state with the worst performance has been highlighted in red.

Below are some of the key observations from the table:

  1. Delhi is the worst performing state among these states and scores the lowest marks in 8 subjects (out of 15 subjects); Uttarakhand is a distant second with the lowest scores in 4 subjects
  2. In 11 subjects, out of a total of 15, the performance of Delhi is below the national average (check the last row)
  3. The overall average for all subjects in Delhi (39%) is much below the national average (45%)
  4. Punjab, with which the Delhi AAP government signed a pact to replicate the Delhi education model, already has the best performance across all subjects at all levels; an overall average of 65% vs 39% in Delhi
  5. Also, Haryana, Karnataka and Rajasthan performed much better than Delhi in most of the subjects and also have a significantly higher overall average

Similarly, another point that the Kejriwal government has been advertising for quite a few years now, is that lot of private school students are now joining government schools in Delhi since their performance is now better than in private schools. NAS report throws some light on the private vs state government schools and the results are contrary to Arvind Kejriwal’s claim.

The break up of Delhi schools shows that Delhi govt schools have scored much lower than Delhi private schools in all 15 subjects across all levels. And the difference in performance is quite significant, more prominent in Class 10. The overall average score of private is 53% vs govt school’s 39%.

All of the states where Arvind Kejriwal praised the Delhi Education model are performing better than Delhi and all his claims have been busted by the NAS survey. So Kejriwal’s government should focus on improving the quality of education in Delhi rather than wasting money and efforts on creating a marketing campaign around a non-existent education model. Hope mainstream media also takes note of this and ask some questions about the Delhi government.

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