Education Minister Gurmeet Hayer: “NAS Report Showing Punjab As Leader Not True”

Yesterday, the NAS survey brought a good news for Punjab. From scoring ‘below national average’ in 11 of 15 subjects in 2017 to being the national topper in 11 subjects four years later, Punjab made an exemplary transformation in the school level education, as per the results of the National Achievement Survey (NAS)-2021, released by the Union Ministry of Education. 

Surprisingly today, the education minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer has said, “the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 showing Punjab as the leader is based on fudged figures. It does not speak the truth and the ground situation is totally different.”

He further added, “I will like to congratulate the teachers for ranking first in the national survey, but I have some reservations about the findings. Soon after I took over the department, I realised that instead of good teaching, the previous government was engaged in a numbers game. In different meetings, I have been told that teachers were pressurised to play with the baseline assessment. We have actually met some students who could read just one line, but had been awarded 60 per cent marks and even more. The government does not have an authentic report on the ground realities in schools. The process to reassess has already commenced and we will know the reality soon.” Though Hayer even said, “this is not to say that teachers are not putting in their best efforts or all schools are in a pitiable situation. We have certain examples of good teaching in schools also. However, a mammoth exercise is needed for a revamp.”

Meanwhile the Democratic Teachers’ Front state president Vikram Dev Singh said, “The comparison between the survey and ground reality puts a big question mark on the evaluation process. It may be mentioned that only 3,656 schools were evaluated out of the total approximately 19,500.”

On the other hand, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring has slammed CM Bhagwant Mann over his silence on the issue. He said, “I am surprised over stony silence of CM as it is a matter of pride for all Punjabis, or the govt has turned stone deaf and can’t hear and bear anything other than the Delhi model, which fell way behind Punjab model.”

Now with Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer’s statement, the political tussle has once again started between the Congress and the AAP.

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