Surveys deflate claims of improved educational standards

Despite clamour of enhanced educational standards in government schools, the performance of the students there has failed to cross 50 percent mark during 2009-2014.
Surveys deflate claims of improved educational standards
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Despite clamour of enhanced educational standards in government schools, the performance of the students there has failed to cross 50 percent mark during 2009-2014.

The Annual Status Education Report (ASER) has shown a downwards trend in the reading ability among the students of government schools during 2012-2014.

The reading ability among the students, as per the year-wise survey from 2009 to 2015 has not crossed 50 percent.

The annual surveys, conducted from past five years, have depicted a grim picture of the students' performance, thus puncturing the tall claims of the successive regimes to have improved the educational standards.

In 2012, the reading ability of 5th standard students to read the 2nd standard text was recorded at 41 percent while as in 2014 the ability among the students showed a decline and was only 38 percent.

 "In 2009, the reading ability of 5th class students to read the 2nd class text was recorded as 26 percent," the ASER reads.

In 2013, the reading ability of the students in the same class was 41 percent. "In 2011 the reading ability among students was only 36 percent."

The ASER-2012 had earlier revealed that 41 per cent of the children in 5th class were able to read text books of 2nd standard.

While as 60 per cent children of 5th standard were not in a position to read text which is three grades below.

However, the proportion of schools having enrollment of above 60 students has shown an improvement over the past many years. The number of schools having less than 60 students has decreased from 72.7 percent in 2010 to 44.6 in 2014.

"A total of 55.4 percent schools in the state don't have enrollment above 60 students," reads the ASER-2014.

The survey on congestion in class rooms of government schools has also improved during past many years.

The number of schools combining 4th class students have decreased from 78 percent in 2009 to 60.9 percent in 2014. Also the survey has depicted reduction in the congestion in 2nd class students from 77 percent in 2009 to 66 percent in 2014.

 Since 2012, the ability among 5th class students to solve division related questions has decreased from 20 percent in 2012 to 13.7 percent in 2014.

The ASER 2014 has shown that 6.6 percent students from class 1st to class 8th in the schools can read capital letters in English while as 12.2 percent students are able to read the small letters in their books.

As per the annual report which has been compiled by conducting baseline survey in all the districts, only 30.4 percent of students, upto middle standard, can subtract and only 19 percent are in a position to solve the division of numbers.

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