Children having access to newspapers and supplementary reading materials at home score well, especially in the language paper, a mid-term nationwide survey conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has found.
The survey was carried out in 6,828 schools across 266 districts in 33 states and Union Territories. It was based on the performance of students in three subjects — mathematics, language and environmental studies. The survey also noted that there was a visible impact of community participation, home and school environment on children’s achievements.
Besides, enhancement in school infrastructure positively impacts the quality of education at the primary level. The results showed that schools with more than five teachers scored better than single-teacher schools, said a senior professor associated with the survey.
The overall achievement of schools increased at those places where communities participated in school activities. Significantly, the study found that children scored three per cent more when the language used at home and the school was same.
On the other hand, children detained in previous classes scored less than three to five per cent in the three subjects in which they were examined. On the performance of students in environmental studies, the survey said rural boys scored better than their urban counterparts, while urban girls did better than urban boys.