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Delhi Among Worst In Education Outcomes Across Country

The survey, which reinforces the findings of similar surveys conducted by other agencies, highlights the poor quality of education in the country, even in the national capital

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Delhi is one of the worst performing states and Union Territories in India when accounted on learning parameters; worst in English language for class 8th and second worst in Mathematics for class 3rd students, according to the National Achievement Survey (NAS), conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) last year.

The survey, which reinforces the findings of similar surveys conducted by other agencies, highlights the poor quality of education in the country, even in the national capital.

Only 32 percent of Class 8 students surveyed could answer an English language question in Delhi, while only 34 percent of the students could answer a math question. Among class 3 students surveyed in the state, only 54 percent could answer a math question correctly, while only 58 percent could answer an English language one. Among class 5 students surveyed in Delhi, only 44 percent could answer a math question and 52 percent an English language one.

The test covered 2.2 million students from 1,10,000 schools to reflect learning outcomes which were recently incorporated in the Central Rules for the Right To Education (RTE) Act by the government.

Rajasthan and Karnataka performed the best in the survey; with 75 percent of class 3 students surveyed in Karnataka could answer a mathematics question and 78 percent could answer English question. Similarly, among class 5 students in the state, 67 percent could answer a mathematics question and 71 percent, an English language question. Class 8 students in Rajasthan performed the best with 57 percent of those surveyed answering a math question, and 67 percent, a language one.

Northeastern states have performed poorly with only 39 percent of the class 5 students surveyed in Arunachal Pradesh being able to answer a mathematics question and only 43 percent in English. In the same state, among class 3 students surveyed, only 49 percent could answer a math question and 51 percent an English language one.


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