Hyderabad: In a survey conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to test the learning levels of students, Telangana’s average score is on a par with the national average in all subjects.
NCERT conducted the National Achievement
Survey (NAS) throughout the country on February 5, 2018 for Class 10 in government, government-aided and private schools. The survey tested students in five subjects — Mathematics, Modern Indian Languages (MIL), English, Science and Social Sciences.
Questionnaires pertaining to students, teachers and schools were also used.
Some 68 per cent of samples were from rural schools of Telangana and 32 per cent from urban. There is a significant difference in rural and urban learning with urban students performing better in all the subjects.
Commenting on the difference, Union Teachers Federation general secretary Chava Ravi, said, “Usually, private schools have less qualified teachers than government schools. Children in government schools come mostly from uneducated families. Though private schools do not recruit qualified teachers, their students get guidance from their educated parents, which makes the difference.”
It is usually government schools that are said to need improvement but private aided and unaided schools also need improvement in quality, as their cumulative average score is not beyond 40 per cent.
From the survey it is clear that students have a fear of mathematics with 68 per cent of students scoring below 35 per cent. This is an area that needs maximum intervention and help for students.
The survey revealed that 62 per cent of teachers always make use of written tests or examinations, whereas 51 per cent of teachers sometimes make use of projects for assessing Class X students.
There are 27 per cent temporary teachers and 73 per cent permanent teachers in all schools in the state.
The attainment of learning levels of 1.5 million students across 610 districts in 34 states and Union Territories (UTs) were assessed by the NCERT.
28% of students travel more than 5 km to school
89% of schools have a library
49% of schools have a mathematics laboratory
86% of schools have a science laboratory
27% have temporary teachers
73% have permanent teachers
Subject Telangana National score
Mathematics 34 34
Science 37 34
Social Science 39 39
English 38 36
MIL 47 49