National Achievement Survey paints grim picture of education of scheduled caste children in Himachal but however the state is significantly higher than national average in Mathematics.
A survey report for class three released recently, revealed that in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, students performance is lower than the national average in language, but higher than the national average in mathematics.
But when it comes to the caste-based indicators, performance of scheduled caste children and other students is lower than the national average in language and higher for Scheduled tribe and OBC. While all social groups scored higher than the national average in mathematics, except scheduled castes.
Another survey conducted by the national council of education research and training also revealed that the percentage of students able to listen and recognize words is higher than the national average, while slightly lower in terms of reading comprehension ability.
Performance of rural students is at par to the national average in language, while that of urban students is higher. Performance of rural students is higher than the national average in mathematics, while that of urban students is lower, revealed the survey.
“Students performed higher than the national average in most of the mathematical abilities, except for geometry. The survey also reveals that education standards are better than national level in Himachal” says an education department official.
“However the education department has no caste wise focus in the education. Performance of scheduled caste children is a matter of concern, but there is no divided approach in schools of the state” he added.
“However, the overall performance of the state is not bad as per the national indicator but the picture is quite heterogeneous. In states like Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, the mathematics scores are more widely spread out and the performance of different students within the states is more heterogeneous” the survey concludes.