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Quality of primary education dismal

VERY POOR core learning levels of children in Government primary schools is again in focus with a study by a local voluntary organisation showing that very few students between Class IV to VIII in schools of Gwalior and Chambal regions are capable of reading, writing and doing basic mathematical calculations.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 13:34 IST

VERY POOR core learning levels of children in Government primary schools is again in focus with a study by a local voluntary organisation showing that very few students between Class IV to VIII in schools of Gwalior and Chambal regions are capable of reading, writing and doing basic mathematical calculations.

Voluntary organisation Centre for Advocacy conducted a dipstick study on learning levels of children studying in Class IV to VIII in Guna, Shivpuri and Bhind districts of Madhya Pradesh. The study was conducted in Gohad block of Bhind district, Bamori block of Guna and Pohri block of Shivpuri and covered 1,500 children – 750 boys and 750 girls.

The analytical report of the study was shared with the Hindustan Times by the centre and shows pathetic performance by the students. The study found only 15.26 per cent students (229 each out of 1,500) could write their own names or read a simple sentence. Only 12.6 per cent (190/1500) could perform multiplication, only 14.6 pc (220/1500) could do addition and only 19.5 pc (293) could do subtraction problems.

During the survey, many children shared that they wanted to go to school but teachers were missing and many a times when they go to school they are sent back. Unavailability of drinking water and toilets in many schools also came up as a matter of huge concern.

The study was a rapid assessment and the purpose was to have a reality check regarding the learning status of the Government school students and to get the attention of policy makers and open up the debate of quality of education on public forum, R K Sharma of the Centre said while talking to Hindustan Times.

The three districts in Gwalior– Chambal division were selected for the survey to start with but similar studies would be undertaken in other regions too, he said. 

He added the purpose of this work was not to criticise but to provide some basic details to start a positive discussion towards finding solution to the issue. He said the focus should not only be to enroll children in school but to ensure that once they are enrolled they get proper head start.

Minister for School Education Narottam Mishra, when contacted, said Government was trying to do maximum to improve the system. Several schemes have been started to ensure that the children are attracted to school at primary level.

He said the department was specifically concentrating on improving the standard of primary education and special teachers’ training would be conducted. He further said a State-level meeting of all headmasters/principals and officials of the education department has been convened on May 28 to discuss various issues including strengthening of primary education.

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