70 per cent Class 10 students in Punjab failed in Maths in NCERT’s nationwide survey

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Gurdaspur, Bathinda and Fazilka students fared best in Maths, Science; Mohali was amongst the worst performers

The Hush Post: Students in Class 10 across Punjab have performed the worst in a national survey conducted by NCERT this year to examine learning outcomes across the country. A majority of students of government, government-aided and private schools did not do well in any of the five subjects except their mother tongue Punjabi as per the survey findings.

Subject-wise, their performance was dismal in mathematics as 70% students could not answer even two-thirds of the questions correctly.

60% students figured among “students at risk” which means ‘likely to flunk their subject exam’ as they failed to give correct answers to most questions.

In social science, about 50% answered one-third questions correctly. Barring Punjabi, not even 10% of the students were able to give correct answers of more than 75% questions in any of the other four subjects. Among districts, Gurdaspur, Fazilka and Bathinda were the top performers in the state with the best average scores. Gurdaspur was on top in math, science and English whereas Bathinda and Fazilka figured among the best three performers in math, science and social science. Mohali, which probably has the best pupil-teacher ratio and infrastructure, was among the worst performers. Fatehgarh Sahib and Tarn Taran also did not do well.

A nationwide assessment survey had been carried out four months ago to evaluate learning competencies of Class 10 students by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

The findings will be used as inputs in designing initiatives to improve learning outcomes. The test was conducted to diagnose maladies and take corrective measures, said an official.

Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Goa did the best overall among states. However, Punjab’s showing was better than some states in the northern region.

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