Karnataka’s Kalika Chetarike’ initiative is an effective model for other states to follow

The School Education department of Karnataka deserves kudos for the rigorous planning and the courage to confront the matter directly, writes Anurag Behar, CEO, Azim Premji Foundation, in Mint.

The country’s education system continues to reel from the massive loss of learning that our children had to suffer during the covid pandemic. Till a few months ago, few states were even facing the crisis with honesty, and fewer were attempting to do anything systematically about it. However, in these past months, most states have begun to take some action to tackle this unprecedented situation. While I am not familiar with the details of the response of every state, of those that I am familiar, there are now clearly a few which are acting thoughtfully and systematically. From the states doing good work, let’s take the example of Karnataka. 

Karnataka has launched Kalika Chetarike (‘learning recovery’ in Kannada), a comprehensive programme to recover lost learning across all classes in schools. The state is doing almost everything right and therefore could be a model for other states to follow.

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