Express press service
NEW DELHI: According to assessments conducted by the Delhi Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) in March 2022, the percentage of children who could not read letters fell from 19% to 12% during of the last two months. The commission had conducted a reading and math assessment in the city’s 62 child care institutions (CCIs) comprising 955 children.
Children’s homes are for those who cannot live with their families or stay with foster families. Child care institutions take in child victims of trafficking, sexual violence, parental incarceration, parental death, child labor, among others.
Commission Chairman Anurag Kundu, in a series of tweets as part of the performance report under his chairmanship, shared a photo of one of the children’s homes and said, “Concerned about low reading levels in Indian schools, the DCPCR conducted an assessment in children’s homes in March. 2022. Our truth was terrifying but our hope was strong. We had collaborated with the Department of Education and Pratham (an NGO). Our goal is for all children to be able to read and do arithmetic operations. »
Following this, Kundu shared the reading and arithmetic assessment figures and said that children who can read advanced stories increased from 13% to 25% and children who cannot identify numbers increased from 13% to 5%.
He also said that children who could not read letters fell from 19% to 12%. Talking about the future goal, Kundu said, “We have adopted the Mission Buniyaad model from the Delhi government. We have come a long way, but there is still a long way to go. We won’t rest until all children receive a high-quality education, and that starts with our ability to read and perform basic arithmetic.
Responding to Kundu’s initiative, the education directorate thanked the DCPCR president and tweeted, “What a powerful resolution. The ability to read provides the opportunity to lead a dignified life. We are with you in this endeavor.
Similar to the Mission Buniyaad programme, the DCPCR launched a reading campaign in the CCIs in August last year to work on improving children’s basic reading and numeracy skills.
Last year, when launching the campaign, the commission said: “By November 2021, the goal is to ensure that all children are able to read Hindi fluently with comprehension and perform arithmetic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division”.
In two months
- The percentage of children who could not read letters fell from 19% to 12%
- The number of children able to read advanced stories increased from 13% to 25%
- Children who cannot identify numbers fell from 13% to 5%
- Children who could not read letters fell from 19% to 12%