State students stand first in language, reading skills

Meera Srinivasan

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu students stand first in the country in mathematics, language and reading comprehension skills, according to the national mid-term achievement survey of class III children commissioned by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

The NCERT, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the State Councils Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) wings of the States, initiated the survey in 2007 and the results were published recently.

The survey covered 86,112 children, 10,369 teachers, 7,341 schools in 259 districts across 32 States and union territories.

In maths learning, Tamil Nadu has emerged the best performing State with an average of 75.2 per cent followed by West Bengal which stands at 69.79 per cent. Puducherry was identified as the only Union Territory scoring below 40 per cent. Children largely performed better when questions other than word problems were given.

The report also states that nationally, OBC and general category children scored significantly better than SC and ST children. Children in rural schools scored better then their counterparts in urban schools with regard to performance in maths.

In language too, Tamil Nadu stood first in the country with an average of 79.74 per cent, followed by West Bengal that had an average of 78.15 per cent.

In grammar and language usage, Tamil Nadu topped with an average of 84.48 per cent. Nationally, there was no significant difference in the performance of children in rural and urban areas in language learning.

The report points to components such as teaching-learning material, physical and auxiliary facilities, community participation and relevant teacher-pupil ratio as intervening variables in the schools.

Parents’ education, occupation and children’s performances in lower classes were other factors that determined students’ performance, the report said.

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