NEW DELHI: An NCERT study has found lack of elementary knowledge among the country’s Class VIII students.
“The findings raise a big question mark over the achievements under the Right to Education (RTE) Act and the fundamentals that need to be addressed before India aspires to reach new heights,” said an official involved in the project work.
Seventy per cent of Class VIII students in India are not aware of the freedom struggle; 55 per cent believe the Supreme Court is part of the Indian Parliament; 69 per cent are not aware of why the Swadeshi Movement was started during the freedom struggle.
Only about 48 per cent of the students surveyed could explain the reasons behind the spread of European trading companies in pre-colonial India. Only 44 per cent knew how the British established control over Bengal.
When quizzed about the 1,857 uprising, only 41 per cent could identify its geographical spread on a map. When quizzed further, 68-72 per cent could not identify the various rulers who participated in the revolt. The knowledge level is equally dismal about on the Indian economy and industry. Around 47 per cent understand that both private and public sectors participate in the industrial production in our country.
On biodiversity, only about 35 per cent of the students know the objective of Project Tiger. The survey is intended to provide policy makers, planners, curriculum developers and other practitioners with a ‘snapshot’ of what students have learned in core subjects, and give a baseline against which, changes in educational standards can be monitored.