Performance of govt school students in JK below average: NCERT survey

The latest survey conducted by the NCERT has presented a grim picture of JK’s School Education Department, setting alarm bells ringing for the authorities to improve the educational standards in the government-run schools.
Performance of govt school students in JK below average: NCERT survey

The latest survey conducted by the NCERT has presented a grim picture of JK's School Education Department, setting alarm bells ringing for the authorities to improve the educational standards in the government-run schools.

The latest National Achievement Survey (NAS)-2015 conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has exposed the educational standards of the JK's government run schools where in the school going children of class 10th performed below the average national level.

However the survey has depicted a good performance of the students enrolled in private schools of Jammu and Kashmir.

In subject-wise Mean Achievement Score (MAS) Jammu and Kashmir state has performed below the overall achievement score. The survey has been conducted to ascertain specified and valued learning standards of students after a period of 10 years of schooling. 

The survey investigates student achievement in five subjects: English, Mathematics, Social Science, Science and Modern Indian Language (MIL).

The NCERT team has fixed the measurement scales for all five subjects at mean 250.

Under MAS category, students enrolled in JK government schools have performed below that of the overall achievement score in four out of five subjects taken as sample for the survey.

"The achievement score of the state is not significantly different to that of the overall achievement score in English while as the average achievement score of the state is significantly below that of the overall achievement score in other four subjects including Science Mathematics, Social Science and MIL," reads the NAS report.

Under the State and Management-wise Comparison the survey has asserted that students in private schools performed better than the government and government aided schools in JK.

"There was a significant difference in scores of student from government schools, government aided schools and private schools. Government aided schools performed better than the Government schools," reads the NAS survey report.

In the category of distribution of students by performance, only 25 percent of students have answered 75 percent questions correctly in English subject while 14 percent of students answered 75 percent questions correctly in Mathematics.

"Only 14 percent students correctly answered to 75 percent questions asked in science subject while as 15 percent replied correctly to questions in Social science subject," reads the report.

The NAS 2015 report reads that only two percent of students replied correctly to above 75 percent questions asked in MIL subject.

The Survey revealed that the majority of the states and union territories are performing below the overall average score in all subject areas.

"This indicates that there is need for significant improvement in learning levels," reads the survey report.

The survey has attributed the low achievement to the lack of conceptual clarity and understanding in the subjects themes tested during the survey of the schools.

The NCERT has suggested that teachers training (pre-service and in-service) programmers might be designed on the basis of NAS findings to improve pedagogical aspects in relation to different subjects. "Low achievement may also prompt education systems to revisit curriculum expectations and initiate curriculum reforms on the basis of NAS results," reads the report.

The NAS survey has however asserted that urban students performed significantly better than rural students in JK state, Haryana, Meghalaya and Nagaland.

In NAS 2014 JK state occupied almost the bottom in the list of 34 states and union territories. JK state was figuring at number 32 among 34 states and UTs.

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