Foundational Literacy & Numeracy Assessment Test (FLNAT)

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According to the Union Education Ministry, the Government will conduct the Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Test (FLNAT) as part of Nav Bharat Saaksharta Karyakram across 23 States.

Foundational Literacy & Numeracy Assessment Test (FLNAT):

  • The Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education will conduct FLNAT as part of the ULLAS (Understanding of Lifelong Learning for All in Society) - Nav Bharat Saaksharta Karyakram across 23 states.
  • This test is developed to evaluate the foundational literacy and numeracy skills of registered non-literate learners.
  • The assessment comprises three subjects - Reading, Writing, and Numeracy.
  • Previously, two FLNATs were conducted in 2023 - in March and September.
  • The test will be conducted in the regional language of the learners, in line with NEP 2020's focus on promoting multilingualism and using the mother tongue or local language as the medium of instruction. 
    • Conducting this test in regional languages shall help promote and preserve linguistic diversity.
  • The test is crucial in assessing the impact of teaching-learning sessions conducted as part of the ULLAS - Nav Bharat Saaksharta Karyakram. 
  • Qualifying learners will receive a certificate issued by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), recognising their achievement in acquiring foundational literacy and numeracy skills.

Nav Bharat Saaksharata Karyakram:

  • Nav Bharat Saaksharata Karyakram, or New India Literacy Programme, is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme approved by the Government of India for implementation during FYs 2022-27. 
  • The scheme aligns with the recommendations of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. 
  • It targets all non-literates of age 15 years and above in the country, focusing on females and educationally backward states.  
  • It has five components, namely; 
    • Foundational Literacy and Numeracy
    • Critical Life Skills
    • Basic Education
    • Vocational Skills
    • Continuing Education. 
  • The scheme is to be implemented through volunteer teachers. 
  • NYKS volunteers, community, students of schools and Higher Education Institutions and Teacher Education Institution will be involved for teaching learning activities for its effective implementation in the country.

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