50% class 5 students can only read class 2 text book: Report

New Delhi: The 10th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2014) released on Tuesday shows that reading and mathematical abilities are not up to the mark amongst children aged 6-14 in India. However, the positive
50 class 5 students can only read class 2 text...
India TV News Desk January 14, 2015 16:15 IST

New Delhi: The 10th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2014) released on Tuesday shows that reading and mathematical abilities are not up to the mark amongst children aged 6-14 in India. However, the positive side of report shows that more than 96% of this age group are attending school.

The report states that only a fourth of all children studying in class 3 can read a class 2 text fluently. Even in class 5 only 50% of the students are able to read class 2 text.

Students in some states have shown marked improvement in reading levels since 2013.

In states like Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Odisha and Karnataka the percentage of class 5 students who can at least read class 2 level text is much more than the national average.

According to ASER rural figures remain almost the same over the past few years.

In 2012, 26.3% of Grade 3 students could do subtraction of two digits. In 2014, the figure has fallen to 25.3%.

The situation is extremely disheartening. It has highlighted the Centre's need to focus more on education, especially at the primary levels where students build their foundation.

 

 
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