NEW DELHI: Students from the National Capital Region have a lot to make up in terms of performance in mathematics.Compared to the national average of 252, Delhi students are at 244.
The National Achievement Survey of NCERT -conducted across six districts, 230 schools and among 4,272 students in Delhi -revealed that students here performed lower than the national average in most mathematical abilities, except for patterns and multiplication.
Girls in the capital outperformed boys in language by a good margin, while in mathematics it was a close contest.Students at elementary level are below the national average in addition, subtraction, division, place value, measurement, geometry , money and data handling. Similarly , the difference of performance between rural and urban students of Delhi is slim, though both are lower than that of the national average.
In Delhi, performance of students (assessed at Class III), from government and government-aided elementary schools, in language and mathematical ability are below the national average. In fact, among the 34 states and union territories surveyed, Delhi is among the lowest eight performers in language and lowest six in mathematics.
In language performance, though the percentage of Delhi students in being able to listen and recognize words is higher than the national average, in terms of reading comprehension ability their scores (55) are less than the national average (59).
In mathematics, the percentage of students from Delhi who scored above 75% in the assessment is 33.9%, well below the national average of 39.2%. However, the percentage of students who scored between 51% and 75% stands are 36.2%, which is marginally lower than the national average. But the percentage of students who scored between 035% is significantly higher (12.2%) than the national average of 8.7%.
In the regional snapshot, which includes Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand, Delhi is second in language performance behind Himachal Pradesh and third in mathematics, behind Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and UP .
Performance of all social groups (SC, ST, OBC and others) are lower than the national average and in some cases significantly low. For example, in mathematics, average scores of SC (235), ST (221) and OBC (239) students are significantly lower than the corresponding national averages which are 251, 250 and 254, respectively.
Courtesy- The Economic Times