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Bihar students very poor in mathematics, English


PATNA: Bihar students are very poor in mathematics and don’t know even the basic mathematical calculations like addition and subtraction.

This became clear when a huge number of students failed the Grade 10 examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), results of which were declared last week. Around 50 percent students failed to clear the matriculation examination this year, indicating the level of education system in the state.

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According to an official report, some 700,000 students out of total 1.7 million who appeared at the Grade 10 examinations failed this time, which comes to around 50 percent. Last year, 37 percent students had failed in this subject while 25 percent had failed in 2015.

Mathematics is not the lone worry for the students. Subjects like English and Hindi too have been disturbing them quite much.

As per the report, 650,000 students failed in English while 500,454 failed in Hindi which incidentally is their mother tongue.

Authorities, however, claim the results of the Grade 10 examination were better this time as compared to previous years. “The overall result percentage has been relatively better this time as compared to last year,” said BSEB chairman Anand Kishore.

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The Status of Education Report (ASER), India’s largest NGO-run annual survey, too has presented a very horrible picture of the existing academic standard in the government-run schools in Bihar.

As per the latest report, the students enrolled in government schools are quite poor in at least three subjects—mathematics, English and Hindi—the last ironically being their mother tongue.

Report states that around 80 percent Class three students enrolled in these schools don’t know the basic mathematical skills—addition and subtraction while the percentage of Class five students lacking this skill is 71. However, only 39 percent Class eight students know the basic arithmetic skills.

The report states that the students are also poor in English saying only 43 percent Class eight students can spell out simple English words while 44 percent of them can’t even read the full English sentences.

Same is the case with 48 percent students from Class seven, 51 percent students from Class six, 49 percent students of Class five and 52 percent students of Class four, says the report.

The report says the reading skills of these students too are not up to the mark and many can’t even read correctly the Hindi words.

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