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2 + 2 = 5 for most Class V students, says NCERT

Feb 01, 2008 09:06 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: Even after five years of regular schooling Mathematics remains the biggest problem for students across India. Now the Government has been told that almost 45 per cent of students in the fifth standard cannot add or subtract properly.

The finding of this NCERT survey will upset the plans of the Central Government, which is working to improve elementary education.

“We have special programs for those students who are not doing well. There are residual learning courses available. In the 11th plan we will be working on the quality,” Secretary, Primary Education, A K Rath said.

The survey further reports that almost 60 per cent students are not comfortable with fractions and decimals. Fifty-five per cent students cannot comprehend stories and almost 47 per cent were found asking for Environmental Science.

In the 10th Five Year Plan the Government invested heavily in elementary education. The flagship Government scheme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan did help improve enrollment in schools, but now the focus is shifting to quality education.

Now strategies are being reworked. In the next five years nearly half of the allocations for elementary education could be used for strengthening quality parameters unlike the past when the focus was essentially on reducing the count of out-of-school children.

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