Aimed at checking the educational standards in Himachal Pradesh, higher education department and state office of Rashtriya Madhymik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) will be conducting a state achievement survey for class 9, across the state.
Achievement survey for class 9 onwards would be a litmus test for the education in Himachal. The survey will evaluate the students of all the government high and senior secondary schools in English, Science and Mathematics.
Meanwhile, an official of the higher education directorate said that the survey will be conducted on November 21 and the head of the institution will ensure the fair administration of survey.
The survey will comprise of around 150 questions including 50 for each subject. A government official said that since there was no examination for several years till class 8, the system has deteriorated the educational standard across the state. Various baseline or end line surveys conducted by several agencies have pointed out the poor condition of education where students from senior classes failed to solve the questions of junior classes. There are as many as 1610 Senior Secondary schools and 880 Government high schools in Himachal Pradesh.
However the national achievement survey held recently revealed that primary class students of Himachal Pradesh had performed well in Mathematics.
A government document revealed that the average achievement in environment was 50.30% with standard deviation 20.67%. The performance of students across the states varied from 34.93% in Himachal Pradesh to 73.60% in Manipur. There were as many as 17 states that performed below the national average achievement of 50.30%. Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Goa are the three states who performed below 40% level.
The average achievement of 4 states including Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur and Tamil Nadu was found to be more than 60%. Eleven states displayed achievement between 50 and 60%. The standard deviation varied from 12.01% in Himachal Pradesh to 23.43% in Madhya Pradesh.