NCERT survey tells UP’s Mathemagic story
There is one unifying factor for Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav the students of Uttar Pradesh, whose learning abilities increased the most in India during the combined period of their regimes.
According to National Council for Education Research and Training, the learning ability of students in UP schools have improved by 13.63 percentage points from 41.45 in baseline year (2001-02) to 56.19 in mid-term appraisal (2007-08) the highest across India. The increase testifies the jump in number of students who cleared NCERT’s learning ability tests for Mathematics, Environment Sciences and Languages since 2001-02.
The achievement is significant because learning levels of students in eight states have fallen during the period. Among them were Manipur with a fall in mean percentage of 21 points followed by Tamil Nadu (8.61), Andaman and Nicobar Island (5.45) and Haryana (4.54). The states that recorded an improvement were Himachal Pradesh with an increase in learning level by 13.5 per cent followed by Karnataka and Kerala
The survey was of 84,322 students and 14,810 teachers across 266 districts in 33 states and UTs with 79 per cent schools from rural areas. The survey was not conducted in Bihar.
Among three subjects, the worst performance was recorded in Mathematics, while students scored most in Languages. But, UP, had a different story. There the maximum improvement in learning levels (14.58 per cent) was recorded in Mathematics.
HRD ministry officials accorded the change to appointment of more teachers in government schools under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, especially for Mathematics and Sciences. “Community participation and more number of teachers have maximum impact on the achievement of students,” the NCERT said, in one of its findings.
UP also did better in Environment Sciences, where the improvement reported was of 14.74 per cent. In Languages, Himachal tipped UP with improvement score of 13.89 per cent as compared to 11.57.