THE CITY government schools have failed to improve their previous performance as again a majority of the students of classes I-VIII have scored below 50 per cent not only in English and mathematics but also in sciences and other languages, including Hindi and Punjabi. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) recently uploaded a compilation of learners’ assessment done for the classes I-VIII of government schools in the academic year 2014-15.
The report card shows that out of 14,524 students of class VIII studying in government schools, only 298 of them have scored above 90 per cent in English subject while as many as 12,145 students have scored below 50 per cent in English. In Punjabi and Hindi, the class VIII students have performed equally badly, with only 601 and 412 students scoring above 90 per cent respectively. Similarly, in maths, 13,814 students out of a total of 15,732 have scored below 50 per cent and in science, 11,726 students out of 14,538 scored below 50 per cent.
The results of class VI are worse as 11,621 students out of a total of 14,061 have scored below 50 per cent in English and 6,841 have scored below 50 per cent in mathematics. In the learners’ assessment of the schools, the results are being shown in grades and percentage is indicated accordingly.
The students who have secured grade A in English are: In class I, around 3,000 students out of 8,480; in class II, 3,394 students out of 9,982; in class III, 1,458 out of 11,103; in class IV, 1,448 out of 12,086; and in class V, 1,226 students out of 10,069. In class VI, only 399 students out of a total of 13,805 could manage to secure grade A in English.
The reason highlighted in assessment for the poor results is the low attendance in government schools. As per the average daily attendance of students of class mentioned in the assessment, none of the 110 government schools have a 100 per cent attendance in classes I-VIII.
As per the state-level learning achievement survey conducted by the Dev Samaj College this month, the class III and class V students had performed below average, as a majority of them could not even solve simple multiplication problems or even frame a simple sentence.
Commenting on the state of government schools and poor results, UT Advisor Vijay Kumar Dev said, “I have asked the Education Secretary to analyse the problems government schools are facing, fix the responsibility and propose measures for enhancing quality of output.”
Explaining the reasons for the poor results, a teacher of Government Senior Secondary School, Sarangpur, Arvind Rana, who is president of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association, said, “There are multiple factors because of which students perform badly in languages and mathematics. In our government schools, a majority of students belong to economically backward section and for them English is a foreign language. They find it difficult to cope with it. Then in all model schools, maths books are in English.”
He added, “Initially, before the no-detention policy came into force, students of classes I-VIII used to worry about their results but now they do not make any effort. Another reason is most teachers are transferred within three-four months of their service sometimes.”
Principal of Government Model High School, Sector 34, Vinod Kumar Sharma said, “The fault lies in our teaching methodology which needs to be reviewed. From the primary level, teachers should start conversing in English with the students.”