A large percentage of students studying in government-run schools in Indore cannot read passages from their Hindi and English text books, form sentences, or do basic arithmetic, baseline tests conducted by the state school education department has revealed.
The tests conducted in July and August this year for primary and middle school students, revealed that 13% of students in the district failed to clear the four levels of the test while 48% students performed poorly in one or a number of levels.
Conducted annually, the oral test concentrates on checking the knowledge level of students required as per the class they are studying in.
“A basic test format was prepared by the education department on the basis of general knowledge a student studying in a particular class should have,” says Akshya Singh Rathore, district project coordinator.
“The test was meant for students of Class 1 to Class 7,” he says.
In the test, students were asked to read out simple sentences form a passage, and recognize alphabets and numbers in Hindi and English, do basic mathematics among other.
While many students cleared the test, some studying in Class 5 could not form basic sentences, he says.
Jaiswal, however, says that students in Indore have performed better than those of their counterparts from other districts in the state.
“Indore stands at the 8th position in the state while Chhindwara topped the list with the lowest percentage of students failing the test. The results have been sent to the state education department for review,” he says.
Asked about the reason behind the poor performance of students, he says, “Many students do not attend school regularly due to medical issues, some bunk classes while others travel out of the city with their families. There are students who are not very keen on studying.”
The district education department directed teachers to set a time frame and work harder with students.
“We have given time to teachers until December 15 after which another test will be conducted to check improvement in students. In case no improvement is found, actions will be taken against the concerned teachers,” he says.
Approximately 60,000 students from more than 1.20 lakh government schools took the test across the state.