Delhi Government that claims to provide quality education in its schools has failed to deliver the results on ground. A survey has revealed that class three students in Delhi Govt schools lack even basic numeracy skills, which are the basics to the overall development of a child. Understanding basic numeracy skills are a must for class III students.
The Union Education Ministry in association with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conducted a Foundational Learning Survey (FLS) from 23rd to 26th March,2022. Based on which a report titled ‘Foundational Learning Study 2022’ was released that revealed some startling facts about the learning gaps in our education sector.
The survey was conducted one month after the primary schools were opened for the first time since the start of COVID-19 pandemic. The closure of educational institutions during the pandemic took a heavy toll on the learning pattern of the school children.
The survey revealed that 37 percent of 86,000 Class III students surveyed in 20 languages had limited foundational numeracy skills while 11 percent of these students lacked the even most basic knowledge of these skills.
Study Report Findings
- As part of survey a total of 2,945 students were evaluated from across 515 schools in Delhi
- The FLS survey assessed the students based on interviews with each individual participant
- The report assessed the students based on four parameters i.e.
- Those who lacked the most basic knowledge and skills
- Those who have limited knowledge and skills
- Those who have developed sufficient knowledge and skills
- Those who have developed superior knowledge
- Based on the above parameters, the data in Delhi revealed that only 7 percent students were found to have superior knowledge and skills and 40 percent were found to have limited knowledge and skills
- Delhi has been ranked at the bottom one-third of states and UTs in terms of percentage of children lacking basic skills
- Delhi has been witnessing a regression in its educational analysis not only in FLS survey but also in the National Achievement Survey (NAS)
- NAS had featured Delhi with the lowest average score in both Mathematics and language at Class III level
Survey Finds in other states
- The FLS survey figures in other states were equally shocking just like the state of Delhi.
- In Tamil Nadu, 29 percent of students lacked basic Mathematics knowledge, which was followed by Jammu and Kashmir where 28 percent could not solve basic Mathematics problems.
- The students in the states of Assam, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat also lacked basic numeracy skills
- In the case of Hindi language, 21 percent of students lacked the most basic skills while in English only 20 percent could successfully complete the basic grade-level tasks.
- The FLS report would be a foundation for the National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy scheme that was launched last year to enable Class III students to acquire foundational skills by 2026-2027.
- Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan said that the FLS report is a,
“First of its kind study in the world and aims to set benchmarks for reading with comprehension in 20 Indian languages”