Thursday, January 17, 2013

46% of Std V students can’t solve simple calculations’

School enrolment in private schools is increasing but a major crisis in India's education system seems to be in the making as fewer children at the Class V level can do basic learning tasks like reading Class II texts and doing simple mathematical sums.

The trend of more children in rural India enrolling in private schools equipped with better infrastructure like toilets, drinking water facilities and mid-day meals than their government-run counterparts is strengthening but there is a serious possibility that kids are being shuffled from class to class.

The prominent findings of the eighth Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2012) by NGO Pratham show that enrolment in the age group of 6-14 years is at an impressive 96.5% in rural India and private school intakes are rising 10% a year.

If the trend is not reversed or slowed, ASER estimates private school enrolment in rural India could reach 50% by 2018. The findings seem to confirm a growing lag between even modest private schools and government-run institutions often hamstrung by neglect and low teacher proficiency.

Across the country, the number of Class V students who could not read a Class II level text or solve a simple arithmetic problem has increased. In 2010, 46.3% of kids in this category failed to make the cut and this shot up to 51.8% in 2011 and 53.2% in 2012.

Barring Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, nearly every state showed a decline in math learning while reading levels went down in Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala. Ironically, 2012 was the 'year of mathematics'.

The survey was conducted in 567 districts, over 16,000 villages with nearly 3.3 lakh households covering 6 lakh children in the age group of 3-16 years.
Commenting on the low learning levels, Pratham's Madhav Chavan said, "Measures the government is taking are not working and since 2012, things are moving in the opposite direction..

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/46-of-Std-V-students-cant-solve-simple-calculations/articleshow/18066911.cms

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