English, Maths still haunt students

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2015 19:00 IST

Although the government has been introducing new plans and schemes to maintain and improve educational standards in the state a survey has revealed that students are still at sea with respect to Mathematics and English.

An end-line survey conducted under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in March 2014 has revealed that over 53% students of class 8th secured an E grade - marks secured are less than 34% of maximum marks -- in English while around 38% students secured the same in Mathematics.

The condition of class 6th is even more worrisome as over 53% obtained an E grade in English. Meanwhile, the condition in case of Hindi -- the state's official language is even murkier, as over 60% obtained the lowest grade in the subject. 45.13% 6th class students scored less than 34 marks in Mathematics.

However, these students cannot be retained in the same grade as the Right to Education Act stipulates that students cannot be failed till class 8th. "If school could fail the students like earlier half of the class 6th students in the state would fail in English and mathematics," an education department official told HT.

The state government, which in the past has been harped on its literacy rate, has dumped the report. Meanwhile, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan project director Ghanshyam Chand is optimistic as he claims several efforts have been made to raise the quality of education. "We are hopeful that better results will come out soon," Chand said.

The results contrast the fact that the education department is the largest government employer of the state even though it has outsourced works such as the continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE).
Sirmaur district has highest number of students (57.74%) with an E grade in Mathematics while Hamirpur has highest number of students with an A grade.

However, results of class 5th were a solace as only 15.99% and 11.97% scored less than 34% marks in English and Mathematics respectively. Also, 16.50 % obtained A grade in English while 16.74% did so in Mathematics.

The state government, however, had earlier decided to conduct assessments of class 5th and 8th but due to issues between government and teachers it could not be done. The evaluation will now be done only after February 10.

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