Gist of Editorials: Learning Little (The Hindu) | GS – II

The reading and arithmetic abilities in rural schools are dismal according to ASER report.

Relevance : GS Paper II (Education)

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What ASER Report says

  • Only 44% of students in Class 5 could read a text meant for Class 2.
  • Some states such as Kerala did much better in arithmetics compared to states such as Uttar Pradesh.
  • Students were not even able to recognise letters appropriate for their class.

Way forward

  • The Centre should institute a review mechanism involving all States.
  • A public consultation on learning outcomes, can help.
  • The RTI Act needs a supportive framework to cater to learners from different backgrounds.
  • Innovation in schools and incentivising good outcomes can help. For example, bonus pay to teachers.

Conclusion

The solutions may lie in multiple approaches. However, governments are not doing their duty.


 

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