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Education in troubled waters

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In startling revelations, around 40 per cent of the students studying in the government schools in Telangana state cannot read and write in English...

About 40% govt schools students, 30% in pvt schools in Telangana cannot read and write: Survey

Hyderabad: In startling revelations, around 40 per cent of the students studying in the government schools in Telangana state cannot read and write in English and mother tongue too. The private schools which boast of their so called techno, model etc brands are on the same lines as the government schools. About 30 per cent of children in the private schools cannot read or write in their mother tongue or in English.

These alarming figures surfaced in a survey carried out by the Telangana State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) which was commissioned by the department of school education.

The survey was carried in two phases in the month of September. According to an official of SCERT, the government ordered survey in order to train the teachers in wake of examination reforms and change in the syllabus. The survey also assessed the student learning levels.

During the survey students were asked to read and write in English and mother tongue too. In Mathematics, students were told to read out and were asked to solve problems using fundamental equations. “About 40 per cent children in government schools and 30 per cent in private schools could not either read or write in their mother tongue and English,” said an official of SCERT.

Similar assessment of teachers and headmasters was done with the simple questionnaire. The teachers were asked how they would use 45 minutes of the class, whether they refer to any books besides the text books, any difficulty in explaining topics. During the survey, it was revealed that 10-15 per cent in both government and private schools do not have grip on a subject.

The council had done a random sample survey subject wise in eight government schools in the first phase in six districts namely Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda and Karminagar. “As the survey was done in the government schools, the department had thought to do the same in the private schools. Hence a survey was done,” said a senior official of the department.

According to the senior official of SCERT, a meeting would be held after October15 to discuss the survey report. “The report is likely to checkmate the errant private schools. How can the private schools run without qualified teachers and proper infrastructure? Finding of the report may be displayed in the school and website,” the official said.

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