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Bihar Introduces 'Mission Daksh' Targeting Academic Support for Nearly 25 Lakh Underperforming School Children
Under the Mission Daksh initiative, the Bihar Education Department has mandated teachers to provide intensive mentorship to groups of up to five students each. This initiative comes with stringent warnings against complacency, with teachers facing strict consequences for negligence or lack of commitment.

by Pragti Sharma / 23 Nov 2023 20:32 PM IST / 0 Comment(s) / 344

The Bihar government is gearing up to launch Mission Daksh in December, aiming to address the educational struggles of around 25 lakh students in the state. These students, despite advancing to higher classes, face substantial challenges in fundamental reading skills, notably in Hindi.



Under the Mission Daksh initiative, the Bihar Education Department has mandated teachers to provide intensive mentorship to groups of up to five students each. This initiative comes with stringent warnings against complacency, with teachers facing strict consequences for negligence or lack of commitment.



To ensure the effective implementation of this program, Additional Chief Secretary KK Pathak has directed district magistrates to oversee its daily progress starting December 1, 2023. Additionally, district-level committees, headed by district magistrates, will be formed to closely monitor and ensure the successful execution of 'Mission Daksh'.



This initiative follows extensive inspections conducted in July, which revealed a significant number of students struggling academically across government schools in the state. The primary objective of 'Mission Daksh' is to substantially enhance the academic performance of these students by instituting specific support measures from December 1 onwards.



Acknowledging the substantial academic disparities between struggling students and their peers, the directive emphasizes the urgent identification of such individuals. The plan includes organizing additional classes after lunch for small groups, enabling teachers to address specific learning needs and bridge learning gaps effectively.



All 25 lakh identified students are expected to take their final exams in April 2024. However, stringent actions will be initiated against headmasters, principals, and teachers if these students fail to make significant academic progress or pass these exams.



The 'Mission Daksh' initiative is part of a broader series of efforts undertaken by the Nitish Kumar government to enhance the overall quality of education in the state. Recent directives have included engaging with parents of students with less than 50% attendance and devising measures to ensure improvements in attendance and academic performance.




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