Children Enrolled In Schools At Right Age Have Better Learning Achievement: Report

Children getting chances to be enrolled in school education in their right have better learning achievement than under age children and over age children, a government report revealed.
The report recently launched by Education Review Office (ERO) under the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MOEST) stated that students who have completed 14 and 15 years of age while they are studying in grade 10 have achieved higher than average learning achievement.

The ERO conducted National Assessment of Student Achievement (NASA) of grade 10 students in 2019 released on Friday stated that most of the students of the right age have been made more active in learning.
But students having over age and under age at grade 10 have huge differences in their learning achievement. Students have to enroll in grade one in five years to be in grade 10 while they become 15 years.
Likewise, the report revealed that the average ability of a student studying in class 10 is found less than the stratified objective specified by the curriculum. It has stated that 51 per cent students were in low learning achievement in mathematics, Nepali, science and English. The ERO conducted the study in 800 schools, 1,800 headmasters and 3,600 teachers, parents and students inclusively from all provinces.

Speaking at a programme, organised by Education Journalist Network (EJON), Shiva Kumar Sapkota, Director General of the ERO said though the average learning achievement of students is only 40.96 per cent, it is in increasing ratio than previous study.
According to the report, 37 per cent students have poor learning achievement in science, 19 percent students have poor learning achievement in mathematics and 20 per cent students are in Nepali and 30 percent in English.

It has been made public that there are 20 per cent students in average status in Science, 24 percent in Mathematics, 23 percent in Nepali and 18 per cent in English.
Comparison of learning achievement by province
There is a big difference in learning achievement between the provinces. The average learning achievement varies from province to province. The learning achievement of Karnali and Far western is poor than other provinces. In mathematics, the achievement is 521 in Bagmati, 513 in Gandaki and 503 in Lumbini, 476 in Karnali and 488 in Far Western Province. The status of science and Nepali is also similar.
Earlier, ERO did similar survey of grade eight and grade three in 2020, grade 10 in 2019 and grade five in 2018. The learning achievement of children worse in that period. Though the situation is better now, the authorities have to think more to improve the situation again now, DG Sapkota said.

The result of a well-equipped school is high
The report points out that learning achievement among students in well-equipped community schools and institutional schools is high. But the average learning achievement of a school without facilities has been alarming. The report points out the requirement to improve physical infrastructure and policy changes in community schools.
Likewise, the report suggests that the curriculum should be inclusive and that must address the inter-linguistic differences of children.
The government has suggested immediate reforms in education policy, budget allocation, activity-oriented curriculum, improvement in teaching methods, and resource management.

Source : TRN,