30 November, 2020

It’s Plain Murder, By Rote

Is the teaching in our schools actually educating our children? Not really, according to a few grim surveys...

R.A. Chandroo
It’s Plain Murder, By Rote
  • 73: India’s ranking, just above Kyrgyzstan, in a study of 74 countries on maths, science and reading
  • 90%: Students in Himachal Pradesh who lack baseline reading literacy, 89 per cent lag in science
  • 60%: Students in India’s top private schools show lack of sensitivity towards AIDS victims
  • 10%: The drop in arithmetic ability nationally of Class V children in rural areas


Which of the following is true: nearly 10 per cent of Class 4 students in top urban Indian schools believe that Mahatma Gandhi is alive. In Tamil Nadu, only 15 per cent students in the 15-year age group are skilled in maths. About three-fourths of Class 3 students in rural India can’t solve two-digit subtraction problems.

All true. How did you score?

Three recent reports—Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), the Programme For International Students...



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