R. Ravikanth Reddy

NCERT conducts survey to gauge

the learning achievement of class five children

HYDERABAD: More the mother is educated, the better the knowledge levels of children. Education of a mother has a big impact on children than their father’s education.

This was one of the key findings of the Mid Term National Survey, conducted by the National Council of Educational Research Training (NCERT) to gauge the learning achievement of class five children.

Children’s achievement increased by seven to 11 per cent across subjects as the level of fathers’ education increased from illiterate to graduation. At the same time, children’s achievement increased by nine to 13 per cent as mothers’ education level increased from illiterate to graduation and higher.

Though the percentage of increase looks smaller given the volume of school-going children in the country, it is very significant.

33 States

The survey was conducted in 33 States apart from Union Territories covering 84,322 students, 14,810 teachers and 6,828 schools across 266 districts in the country.

In A.P., it had covered 3,756 students, 468 teachers and 306 schools across 11 districts.

The role of supplementary reading material also made a significant contribution in increasing learning abilities. It was found that children’s achievement in language increased by eight per cent when they had access to newspapers and other supplementary reading material.

Participation of community also had a positive effect, the survey report stated, which found that the mean achievement of school increased by two per cent wherever the community participated in school activities.

Quality teachers

Schools are nothing but reflection of quality of teachers, survey figures indicated. Single teacher schools fared badly and scored a notable four per cent less than schools where there were more than five teachers. And it was not limited to just one subject but more number of teachers per school and community participation had significant impact on children’s achievement across subjects.

Language

Language also plays an important role in the learning abilities. It was found that children scored three per cent higher when the language used at home and school was the same. The finding may not go well with arguments that introduction of English medium will do wonders among rural children who mostly converse in their mother-tongue at home with almost negligible use of English.

Learning achievement

The survey tested the learning achievement of all essential competencies and concepts taught in major curricular areas at class five level in Mathematics, Environmental Studies (EVS) and Languages.

It concluded that schools that enjoyed better infrastructure and facilities like television, computer, more number of teachers, community participation and monitoring of school altogether contributed 10 per cent more in EVS, 8.4 per cent better in Mathematics and 19.6 per cent better in Languages.