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Updated: January 23, 2014 02:42 IST

‘Most Class 1 students in rural schools cannot read words’

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Only 44 per cent of students of Class 8 can solve a simple division

Only 44 per cent of students of Class 8 in rural schools can solve a simple division, while more than half of students of Class 1 can read only letters but not words.

These are some of the findings of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2013, a sample survey for rural Karnataka, facilitated by Pratham, an NGO.

In reading and arithmetic skills, there appears to be a dip in the students’ performance compared with last year. As per this year’s survey, Class 3 students who can do at least subtraction are 28 per cent. Last year, 30.8 per cent students surveyed could do at least subtraction.

As much as 42.2 per cent children in Class 5 can read a Class 2-level text. This is 6.3 per cent less than last year’s figure.

The number of children attending paid tuition from Class 1 to Class 5 is 9.3 per cent. It was 12 per cent last year. The number of students attending tuition between Class 6 and Class 8 is 7.9 per cent, while it was 10.8 per cent last year. While there has been less dependence on tuitions compared with last year, more students from private schools are dependent on tuitions compared with those from government schools.

The ASER survey also captures the condition of the infrastructure that is mandatory for each school under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. Even though the deadline to fulfil the criteria lapsed on March 31, 2013, the survey reveals that a small percentage of schools were yet to put in place the facilities.

Even though a number of schools had set up facilities to provide drinking water, constructed toilets and set up libraries, most of them were not in a usable condition. For instance, 15.2 per cent of the schools surveyed did not have a facility for drinking water, 4.7 per cent of them had the facility but drinking water was not available.

Similarly, 1.7 per cent had no toilets, while 32.4 per cent had the facility but the toilet was not in a useable condition. Similarly, even though only 7.6 per cent of schools did not have separate toilets for girls, over 30 per cent of them had toilets that were either locked or not usable. While only 9 per cent of the schools did not have libraries, 40.4 per cent of the libraries did not have books being used by children.

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A possible Solution being -REFORMAT text books in the following way: Every page will look as 1]a 4-column format with Main text 9cm-wide, 2] to its left side Column 2cm-Wide giving PREVIOUSLY taught matter as bullet point. 3] Right hand side column be used to show where the info in main text seen/applicable/exits around us and 4] 2 9 3=14cm wide Column at the bottom, people are familiar with the work Foot-note space- be used to high-light NEW words that have come in main text of this page. Its meaning - a repeat to RE-INFORCE vocabulary introduced. This way, in every page a Good Teacher pops up! I do know that to reformat and put this way requires lots of efforts by authors and willingness of the publisher to deviate from their routine way of publishing and take up this challenging task. I feel where there is will, there is way. THIS format is applicable to ALL subjects. Parents also will have a chance to see/ask "right questions" [class level]. BEST WISHES

from:  Dr B S Sudhindra
Posted on: Jan 24, 2014 at 22:38 IST

So what?

Most members of parliament belonging to various parties are not able to uphold parliamentary decorum and decency.

That is more serious, worrying and requires immediate action by speaker to re-education and train the defaulting members before they are allowed to enter the parliament again than class-1 students who will definitely fare better before they reach class-2.

from:  r n iyengar
Posted on: Jan 23, 2014 at 12:47 IST

Now a days we are talking about demographic dividend and knowledge economy often. But ASER report show a gloomy picture of our primary education.
The concerne is that if our children are not able to do basic reading and basic arithmetics, how they will gain more technical knowledge.
How it will affect the India's demographic dividend?
In verge of knowledge economy what will happend to India in 20 years down the line?

from:  Dhruba Jyoti Gogoi
Posted on: Jan 23, 2014 at 10:08 IST

Quality of education has been decreased drastically, things are going wrong, we need to help Teachers and other stakeholder of Govt. to improve it.

from:  Ajeet Kumar
Posted on: Jan 23, 2014 at 07:09 IST
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