Reading & Numeracy Skills- National Steering Committee to Oversee NIPUN
NIPUN (National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy)Bharat Mission was launched by the Ministry of Education on 5th July 2021 with the aim to achieve the goal of universal proficiency in foundational literacy and numeracy for every child by grade 3, as envisaged by National Education Policy 2020. A National Steering Committee (NSC) has been set up on 25th October 2021 under the chairpersonship of Union Education Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.
The responsibilities of NSC are as follows:
i. To oversee the progress of the National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy and provide guidance on policy issues.
ii. To arrive at the target to be achieved nationally in 2026-27.
iii. To disseminate tools for the measurement of yearly progress in the form of guidelines.
iv. To prepare and approve a National Action Plan (based on the State’s Action Plans) with KRAs for every State/UT vis-à-vis factors attributable for the gaps (i.e., lack of Fund, Vacancies, Teachers, Demography, Local issues, Need of Training for teachers, Curriculum & pedagogy related).
v. To review programmatic and financial norms periodically to ensure they are synchronized with targets to be achieved.
vi. To develop a methodology of assessment to analyze the progress and provide feedback to States/UTs.
The National Mission which has been launched under the aegis of the centrally sponsored scheme of Samagra Shiksha, will focus on providing access and retaining children in foundational years of schooling; teacher capacity building; development of high quality and diversified Student and Teacher Resources/Learning Materials; and tracking the progress of each child in achieving learning outcomes.
The mission will focus on children of the age group of 3 to 9 years including pre-school to Grade 3. The children who are in Class 4 and 5 and have not attained the foundational skills will be provided individual teacher guidance and support, peer support, and age-appropriate and supplementary graded learning materials to acquire the necessary competencies. The goals and objectives of the mission are required to be achieved by all Govt., Govt. Aided and Private Schools so that universal acquisition of FLN skills can be achieved by 2026-27.