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Uttarakhand students have some catching up to do with their Himachal counterparts

dehradun Updated: Jan 17, 2018 21:28 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand News,ASER,English

Dehradun in Uttarakhand and Kangra in Himachal Pradesh were among the 28 districts across 24 states selected for the Annual Status of Education Report -2017.(HT File)

School students in Uttarakhand are trailing behind their counterparts in neighbouring Himanchal Pradesh when it comes to the ability of solving arithmetic problems and reading English, according to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)-2017 released on Tuesday.

Since 2006, the ASER is reporting on schooling status of children and their ability to do basic reading and arithmetic tasks. Last year, the survey focused on students between 14 and 18 years of age. In its ‘Beyond Basics’ report, it moved on from the routine elementary classes of kids with the age group 5-16 and observed results of tests based on ability, performance, activity and others..

Dehradun in Uttarakhand and Kangra in Himachal Pradesh were among the 28 districts across 24 states selected for the education survey. Only 85.2% Doon students could read grade 2 text as compared to 90% in Himachal . Only 72.8% could read a sentence in English while 82.6% managed in Kangra.

Both the states fared poorly when it comes to solving arithmetic arithmetic tasks. Against 50.7% students who could do division, 58.3% in Kangra could solve the sums. Similarly, only 20.2% managed to do subtraction unlike in Himachal where 23.3% could do it. However, 29.1% youth could identify numbers here as compared to 18.3% in the neighbouring state.

“Certainly, there’s lacuna in the government education system not only in Uttarakhand but across all states. The no-detention policy is being reviewed at the Centre which will definitely encourage better learning in students...,” Sohan Singh, a teacher posted in Chakrata block said.

The enrollment scenario in Uttarakhand is better. The report says 80.1% children are enrolled in Kangra while 84.4% are in Dehradun. The survey finds those surveyed for the report in Himachal are more financially aware with a higher percentage having their own bank accounts.

Ranjit Bhattarcharya from the ASER centre, New Delhi says its not right to compare both states. “Both states have their own systems and different indicators on which the survey of done. It won’t be fair to compare it.”

But Mohit Mishra, senior research associate at ASER, counters the logic. Mishra says the previous reports have reported weak learning system in Uttarakhand “which is carried forward in the age group that we surveyed last year”. “There’s immense scope to better the learning and problem solving skills.”

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 21:28 IST