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Poor Education Levels Affect Learning Outcome

The research report was conducted across 2.2 million students from 1.10 lakh schools across the country

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Students in classes 3, 5 and 8 in rural areas seem to perform better than their urban counterparts, while students in other backward classes (OBC) perform better than the other students, according to a National Assessment Survey conducted by NCERT. The report also found that girls outshine boys in mathematics and english.

However, still only 64.3 percent in class 3 could answer a math question correctly; and the proportion continued to drift downwards to 54.14 percent in Class 5 and a mere 42.07 percent in Class 8. The subsequent numbers in english were not particularly good either, 67.7 percent could answer in class 3; 58.43 percent in Class 5 and 56.7 percent in Class 8.

Apart from mathematics and english, the students of classes 3 and 5 were also tested in environmental science while class 8 students were tested in four subjects, the fourth being social studies.

The research report was conducted across 2.2 million students from 1.10 lakh schools across the country. The questions were framed to reflect the learning outcomes which were recently incorporated in the Central Rules for the Right To Education Act by the government.

Karnataka emerged as the best performing state with 75.6 percent students getting the required attainment levels in class 3 in the three subjects, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 75.17 percent and Rajasthan with 74 percent while Arunachal Pradesh was the worst performer with only 49.6 percent students answering correctly.

The overall numbers suggest a poor education level of schools, notwithstanding the differences in the performance different categories of students.