Chandigarh all set to launch Khan Academy for PISA examination

Y.S.Rana | August 19, 2019 05:33 PM

CHANDIGARH: Modalities have been worked out and scope of work has been assigned to the Khan Academy to skill students of Chandigarh for PISA examination. Across the country, Chandigarh has been selected to participate in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which will be conducted in 2021.

Moving ahead in the matter, Chandigarh Administration has made all arrangements.  The education department has signed an MoU with International Educational Organization Khan Academy so that students can perform well in PISA examination. The education secretary, Mr B.L. Sharma, launched a project last week aimed at making fundamentals of mathematics at government model senior secondary school, Sector 8, Chandigarh.  

All Schools i.e. Government, Aided, Private Unaided and Central Govt. Schools will participate in the PISA. PISA tests the skills and knowledge of the students of Classes six, seven and eighth in Mathematical, Scientific and Reading literacy. In order to prepare the students for PISA , material in the form of question banks and modules is being prepared at Chandigarh level with the inputs from CBSE.  

The project has been launched in nine schools-- GMSSS-8, GMSSS-21, GMSSS-22, GMSSS-23, GMSSS-35, GMSSS-46, GHS-50, GHS-53 & GHS-54. Teachers and Students of these schools will use the resources which are available to the users on the WebSite of Khan Academy free-of-cost.

The official of the education department has stated that approximately 3000 students of upper primary classes would be benefited from this project. A one day hands on training programme has already been conducted on August 1, 2019 for the Principals and 41 Mathematics teachers of these nine schools by experts from Khan Academy for smooth implementation of the project. The examination is conducted to evaluate educational system worldwide by measuring upper primary school children’s scholastic performance in science, mathematics and reading.

 “In Class Model’ is being implemented in these government schools. In this Model, students will be provided entire practice/assignments during the school hours. One period every week will be allocated in the school time table during which hands- on -practice session will be undertaken by the students in the computer lab. Teachers will commence the use of material during the current topic of the syllabus which they are already teaching.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Education highlighted the importance of using Online material for improving Mathematical literacy especially when Chandigarh is preparing the students for PISA 2021. It would involve applying knowledge gained in new ways, analyzing concepts into parts and relation with each other, evaluating judgement-based on the process taught, creating processes in an innovative way, he says.

Khan Academy headquarters is based in California and it is a non-profit educational organization which is known for making such online tools which in turn help the student in their study. Google has paid the Academy two million dollar for its project in 2010 to create new courses and prepare the content in other language.    

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