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Goa slid four spots on education index

Goa slid four spots on education index

Gauree Malkarnekar, TNN Jul 27, 2012, 03.41AM IST

PANAJI: Goa's reputation in the education sector took a beating this month when the central advisory board on education (CABE) named it among only six states across the country where students showed poor improvement in learning levels in mathematics and environment studies even after the introduction of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
Goa received a further jolt when it slid on the national education development index released this week by the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry from last year's ninth position to 13th at the upper primary level (Class VI to VIII). At the primary level (Class I to V) too, the state's rank dropped from the earlier 11th to 12th.

The ranks are drawn annually by the HRD ministry based on data gathered under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, where states are measured on parameters of access, infrastructure, quality of teachers and performance of students at the primary education level.
According to the ranks announced this year, which are based on statistics collected for the year 2010-11, Goa has moved a rank up only on the parameter of infrastructure and the state's performance has suffered in the remaining three parameters.
The sharpest decline was recorded in students' performance, where Goa landed at the 30th position in India compared to the 22nd last year.
These results coincided with findings of the achievement survey in Class V carried out for CABE by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to measure performance of students in Class V after the RTE Act came into force.
Minutes of the CABE meeting held earlier this month read, "In environmental studies, 24 states/union territories have shown an improvement in learning level. There is a decline in six states/UTs, viz, Puducherry, West Bengal, Gujarat, Kerala, Jharkhand and Goa."
Goa was also among states and union territories where students showed a drop in learning levels in mathematics. The state's students, however, fared well in case of learning levels in the languages.
Goa's poor performance comes at a time when the NCERT achievement survey, which covers the period after the RTE Act has come into force, noted 'an enhancement in achievement in most states in Class V'.
"By November 2011, the number of states/UTs that had notified the state RTE Rules/adopted Central Rules had increased to 33. Only Goa remains to notify the state rules," the CABE meeting noted.
Goa SSA project director Farell Furtado said, "The HRD survey is based on statistics gathered during the year 2010-11, which is before my tenure. For the current academic year, we have drawn up a calendar where in-service teacher training programmes are lined up throughout the year. I have also got the salaries of SSA resource persons hiked from the centre. And these measures will definitely yield good results from the current academic year."

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