Less Than 50% Children Able To Cope With Age-appropriate Curriculum Over Past 2 Yrs: Survey
Smile Foundation's survey found that 58 per cent teachers believe students have missed out on developing their social skills and get distracted easily
Fewer than 50 per cent of children in India have been able to cope with the burden of effective learning over the past two years, as per a survey by Smile Foundation, an NGO working across the education, health and livelihoods domains.
The survey was conducted by Smile Foundation’s education vertical between May and July 2022, among 48,000 students aged 6-14, across 22 states. The survey covered students across urban and rural areas and aspirational districts. Apart from the students, 100 teachers, 10 NGO leaders and 500 parents also participated in the survey.
The teachers reckoned that fewer than 50 per cent students were able to cope with the pace and level of learning over the past two years to catch up with age-appropriate curriculum. Not only this, 69 per cent of parents believe children need enhanced support in Math and language to match up to age-appropriate learning levels.
Smile Foundation's survey found that 58 per cent teachers believe students have missed out on developing their social skills and get distracted easily. Half of the parents surveyed felt the absence of digital devices, networks, and data packs was responsible for inadequate learning among children. Around 58 per cent of the parents surveyed had increased their interactions with children in a bid to understand what they learnt in schools because 67 per cent of the parents felt covid-induced school closures hampered their children's learning.
According to the survey, 54 per cent of 13–14-year-olds cannot read the subject text, and 62 per cent do not know how to write sentences with proper tense and grammar.
Additionally, 63 per cent of 13–14-year-old students are inept at mathematical reasoning while 58 per cent are unfamiliar with mathematical fractions and age-appropriate geometrical problems.
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