Learning Deficits in India- An Epidemic

4% GDP , 37% of CSR funds, hundreds of institutions working towards education, still 90% of kids are below grade-level competency. The number of children enrolling in school has been continuously increasing; but the number of kids completing their higher education has been constantly declining.

According to official figures from the District Information System for Education (DISE), enrolment in Std VIII almost doubled in the decade between 2004-5 and 2014-15, from 11 million to almost 22 million. Even then, 50% of the kids in standard 8 cannot solve a class 4 math problem. The increase in enrollment hasn’t relieved educators from the stress of ensuring quality education for students.  

Such is the dismal state of education and we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to it!

What are the causes of such learning gaps? Everything that a child studies is a precursor to what the child is going to learn in the coming classes. That means, each lesson and class is a dot that connects to form a complete learning cycle from the start to the end. When a child doesn’t understand a particular concept or lesson, and his/her queries  go unanswered, then the doubts get accumulated that eventually lead to learning gaps. With each passing year, these kids who do not match the learning levels become clueless spectators.

There are plenty reasons why the doubts go answered-

  • Each child has a different level of understanding, still calibrated and taught according to the grade the child belongs to.
  • Under the Automatic Promotion Policy that came into force on April 1, 2010 introduced by RTE act, each child is given free education and compulsory promotion up to standard VIII, until August 03, 2017 this was revisited last year and scrapped for classes 5-8.
  • The number of students is increasing and the no. of skilled teachers decreasing
  • According to reports, over 90% of the teachers aren’t well equipped to teach students of different learning levels together
  • Available technology solutions in the market alone do not cater to every child’s learning needs and also aren’t affordable.
  • Not all parents can afford private tuitions and other solutions in the market for their children

Other than these the other barriers to quality primary education include: high dropout rates, teacher absenteeism and low teaching quality; and outmoded pedagogies and insufficient resources to implement contemporary teaching methods.

In the last one decade, technology has completely transformed the fundamentals of our life. With the current advancements in technology, EdTech surely is a promising solution to appease and eventually erase mostly all the issues faced by the schools.  The key is to teach at the level of the child.

We need to understand that technology is a versatile learning tool and with current advancements like AI, Machine Learning, etc it can be leveraged for student’s learning, especially for students with different learning levels studying together.

EdTech benefits teachers, students, and even the organisation by removing redundancies from the system. It increases the efficiency by reducing manual work for the teacher; thus giving her ample time to focus on the learning of the child. 

Impacting Lives

We at ConveGenius have been working towards bridging the extant learning gaps in education by addressing the bigger needs through our affordable technology solution CG Slate. Under our programs, children achieve grade level competency at the end of the academic year and this is done by diagnosing the learning levels through our adaptive assessments and tasks. ConveGenius has impacted the lives of over 2,00,000 kids in 13 states all over India.

Under one of our interventions, running across 14 locations and 8 mediums of instruction, the improvement in learning outcomes have been quite exemplary. Before beginning our program, we had split the learners into three categories viz. good, average and poor, based on their scores in the pre-test(baseline test). After diagnosing the results post learning on CG Slate tablets(through endline tests), the movement was tracked.

English-learning deficits
Movement in the learning categories for English
Maths- Learning Deficits
Movement of the learning categories for Math

The movement of the lowest performers towards the good-performing lot is laudable. Technology integration in the classroom is a great step towards achieving educational equity in India. Catering to a higher percentage of underachievers, it is important for us to excel in the most important pillar of Education- QUALITY!

Looking to create impact? Contact us now!

 

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