Govt aims to make good learning loss during pandemic

New Delhi: The central government will reimagine teacher training, and build institutions of excellence across the districts, as well as establish a national digital library to ensure that school children and the youth have easy access to quality books across subject to the loss overcome learning. who suffered during the covid-19 pandemic.

The Budget for FY24 has been set aside 1.12 trillion for the education sector, an all-time high, an increase of 8.2% compared to the budget allocations for FY23. even though 68,804.85 crore is allocated to schools, 44,094.62 crore will be for higher education.

And for FY23, the budget allocation was at 1.04 trillion, the estimates were revised at 99,881 crore. This year’s allocation is a 13% increase over revised estimates.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan praised the efforts of the Finance Minister and said that the budget was inclusive, people-oriented and encouraging growth, especially for the education sector. “With a boost to education, research and development, skill development, digital infrastructure, green growth, entrepreneurship and job creation, the Budget draws a detailed blueprint for the India@100 and lays a strong foundation for transforming India in its knowledge led by technology. established economy,” said Pradhan.

“The national digital library for children and youth will be established to facilitate the availability of quality books across geography, languages, genres and levels,” said FM Nirmala Sitharaman.

Students of all age groups were severely affected by the pandemic after the closure of educational institutions. The Annual State of Education Report stated that children’s basic reading ability had fallen to pre-2012 levels in most states and across genders.

The government, which announced the establishment of a national digital university in its last Budget, said it will be operational by June or July.

States will be encouraged to set up physical libraries at panchayat levels to provide infrastructure to access national digital library resources, Sitharaman said. The National Book Trust, Children’s Book Trust, as well as other sources will be encouraged to give books and study materials in regional languages ​​and in English to these libraries to foster a culture of reading among the youth. Physical libraries will help compensate for the loss of learning due to covid, said Sitharaman. “Collaborations with non-governmental organizations working in the field of literacy will be encouraged to promote financial literacy. Regulators and financial sector organizations will be encouraged to provide libraries with age-appropriate reading material,” she said.

The teacher training program will be reimagined through innovative pedagogy, continuous professional development, and curriculum transaction. “District education and training institutions will be developed as vibrant institutions of excellence for this purpose.”

The FM said that 100 laboratories will be established across the campuses of engineering institutes. “To realize the new range of opportunities, business models and employment potential, the laboratories will cover applications for smart classrooms, precision farming, intelligent transport systems and healthcare applications.”

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Updated: 02 February 2023, 01:05 AM IST

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