One in every five or nearly 20% Class 2 students cannot identify numbers up to 9 while half the students in Class 5 cannot read a text prescribed for Class 2. The worrying indicators of poor learning levels in the country were published in NGO Pratham’s 10th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) in Delhi on Thursday.According to the report, mathematical ability in general has declined across the country, with Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh being the only exceptions. The numbers this year have gone up since 2009 when 11.3% students were unable to recognize numbers, the report, which covers both government and private schools, added.
According to a supplement of the report, Gujarat and Maharashtra lag far behind the national average in terms of English and Maths learning. Just 9.7% of class 5 students in Gujarat and Maharashtra could read sentences in English with Maharashtra sailing in the same boat, the Trends over Time report 2014 said.
The percentage of class 3 children in Gujarat who could do subtraction and class 5 students who could do division was at least 10 percentage points below the national average. Maharashtra fell behind by 7–8 percentage points.