The 7th edition of ‘Gunotsav’ – an exercise of assessing over 34,000 government-run primary schools, will be held between January 16 and 18 in Gujarat. The drive is aimed at assessing the quality of education imparted to over 54 lakh students of Class 1 to 8 of the government-run primary as well as grant-in-aid schools across the state. ‘Gunotsav’ is the brainchild of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who started the exercise in 2009 during his tenure as Gujarat CM.
The decision was announced at a meeting of top bureaucrats and other government officers on January 05, who are scheduled to fan out across the state to participate in the ‘Gunotsav’. Apart from Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and all his cabinet colleagues, several IAS, IPS and IFS officers, along with many other senior officials would visit designated schools for assessment.
This time, around 54 lakh primary students of 34,000 government primary schools, 715 ashram shalas, and 593 grant-in-aid schools will be covered under this drive, which will start on January 16. Around 4,500 people, including ministers and officials, would visit these schools and give them grade after interacting with students, teachers, and other stakeholders. Schools, which obtain marks between 8.8 and 10 would get ‘A+’ grade, while those getting marks less than 4.8, would get the lowest grade of ‘D’.
Since the year 2009, the efforts that have been put to improve the quality of education is yielding results. How? In the first ‘Gunotsav’, only five schools had received ‘A+’ grade, but the number of such schools has now gone up to 1,960. Similarly, there were 14,582 schools with ‘D’ grade in 2009, which has now come down to just 764.