A survey of 1,502 students aimed at studying the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on school education discovered that children in primary classes are falling behind their grade level in language and mathematical ability.
The study reintroduces information that shows how school pupils around the world have suffered over the nearly two years of the pandemic while classrooms have gone online. In India, the problem looks to be significant, not just because of the poor quality of education, but also because of the disparity in access to digital devices among families.
The National Independent Schools Alliance, a coalition of budget private school associations, conducted the survey, which was revealed on Thursday. It featured children in grades 3, 5, and 8 from urban, rural, and semi-urban private schools in 17 Indian states and union territories.
In the survey, students were examined in three areas: reading, writing, and comprehension in their native language, reading, writing, and understanding in English, and mathematics.
The greatest proportions of pupils were discovered to be falling behind their grade level in writing and understanding English. Students in grades 3 and 5 did the worst in all three areas of study, which were tested in September and October of this year.
The study recommended that “word identification, right pronunciation, precise spelling, reading dynamics, writing accuracy, improving comprehension capacities and fluency, and originality in expression be made central to curriculum preparation and delivery…” The poverty of language abilities in the formative and elementary years of school will have a negative impact on children’s overall development.”
As per the study, 33% of Class 3 pupils assessed were found to be behind their class level in English writing, and 5% were “far below class level” (unable to fulfill abilities required of kids in grades lower than theirs). In mathematics, 29% of Class 3 children, 28% of Class 5 students, and 23% of Class 8 students were judged to be below-grade level.
31% of Class 3 children, 25% of Class 5, and 21% of Class 8 students performed poorly in writing in their native tongue. Similarly, 6% of Class 3, 8% of Class 5, and 4% of Class 8 students were “far below” class level.