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News Snippets

  • Row erupts over CBSE's decision to reduce the syllabus by 30% this academic year due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. Experts say several lessons that the ruling dispensation does not like are being removed
  • Gangster Vikas Dubey's nephew killed in an encounter by UP police who also pick up his key aide Raju Khullar and his son Adarsh
  • MHA sets up an inter-ministerial committee to probe the alleged financial misdeeds of three trusts linked to the Gandhi family
  • Actor Jagdeep, most famous for his Soorma Bhopali act in Sholay, passes away
  • Pakistan says Kulbhushan Jadhav has declined to file a review petition and will stick to his mercy plea. India calls it a farce
  • India to keep a strict vigil to confirm that the Chinese are abiding by the deal on the pullback at the LAC
  • US secretary of state Mike Pompeo says China was "incredibly aggressive" at the LAC and India did its best to respond calmly
  • India reaches 700000 corona cases and 20000 deaths due to the disease
  • West Bengal plans to create a plasma bank for Covid patients
  • Chargesheet filed against arrested J&K police officer Devinder Singh and others. Singh accused of being a Pakistani informer
  • Very few people visit ASI monuments that were opened on Monday
  • Sensex gains 1500 points in four trading sessions in July
  • The Centre says final year university exams should be held in September and degrees should only be given on the basis of exams
  • Trade surplus for India in June for the first time in 18 years
  • Highway ministry increases the border roads upkeep fund by four times
After four months of standoff, including a bloody clash, India and China agree on pulling back troops at the LAC
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The State Of Education In Uttar Pradesh

By Linus Garg

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.

A video that has gone viral shows the state of education in India, especially Uttar Pradesh. The video shows students of class VIII of a government junior high school in Sikandarpur Sarausi village of Unnao district in UP not able to read a simple passage from their English textbook. What was more damaging was that when the English teacher was asked to read the same passage, she too was unable to read it. The Unnao district magistrate, Devendra Pandey, who took the test during a surprise inspection of the school, was furious enough to order the Basic Sikhsha Adhikari accompanying him to take strict action against the teachers and the school administration.

Earlier, the ASER report for 2018 by Pratham had pointed out that 60% of the students in UP could not read basic words and had red-flagged it by saying that urgent & immediate help is needed. Many other independent surveys have also shown that children in India in junior and middle level still cannot read properly and are unable to perform basic arithmetical calculations. It also showed that on an all-India basis, one out of every four students in class VIII did not possess basic reading skills. The percentage was higher for UP.

The above incident proves that there is everything wrong in the process of appointing teachers and the learning methods used in most government schools in rural areas of India in most states, more particularly in UP, Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The government needs to take a hard look at the quality and performance of teachers in all schools. Are we allowing unfit teachers in classrooms? If not, then why is the quality of learning not improving substantially? Are newer teaching aids, in addition to books, needed? Do teachers need to undergo orientation courses? Does the curriculum need to be redesigned? The thrust should be on improving reading, comprehension and arithmetical ability in primary and upper primary grades.

pic courtesy: screengrab from the video posted by ANI

see the video here