To create a spirit of a high priority for quality education, and to make those in
the field of education feel the value of this activity, the state Government in
Gujarat took up the state wide assessment, Gunotsav in 2009, with the complete strength
of Government machinery, aiming at evaluating primary education and grading of school
teachers. The State Government has seen primary education as a grass-root sector
and has initiated revolutionary experiments. The Government of Gujarat has initiated
a series of steps to improve the level of learning in its schools across the state
and wishes to take these efforts forward, so as to achieve a visible and measurable
positive change. In primary education, efforts have succeeded in increasing school
enrollments and bringing down school drop-out ratio, two major concerns in the education
field. The aim is to ensure that Gujarat should be among the top three states of
the country in terms of student learning outcomes over the next five years.
Gunotsav is a unique example of being a state initiative — with the participation
of all state departments to strengthen 'quality components of the Dept of Education.
Different departments of the state government took up additional responsibilities
for this period.
The 'Gunotsav' drive has been conducted for two consecutive years assessing students,
teachers and schools for impacting the children in the long run. During the first
year, the focus was on drop out ratio and encouraging school children to continue
their education. The effort came in for praise from UNICEF, and many other organizations.
The second year looked into assessment of all subjects mainly Math, Language, Science
and Technology, Social Science and Hindi for Std 3 to Sand assessments was also
designed for children of Std 2.