48% of Indian students like to go to school, 78% found learning at home during the pandemic burdensome: NAS report

A National Achievement Survey 2021 found that around 48% of children like to go to school while 78% experienced a burden in their studies at home. The survey conducted by the Ministry of Education has examined various criteria for how Indian schoolchildren take the situation to go to the school.  The survey said, in total, around 96% of children during the pandemic time wished to go to school, and at the same time, 94% of children said they felt safe in their schools. 

The report is based on the performance in all subjects through disaggregation by gender (female, male), area (rural and urban), management of schools (government, government-aided, and private unaided) and social groups (schedule caste (SC), schedule tribe (ST), other backward communities (OBC) and general.

The survey was conducted throught the country and the gardes 3,5, 8, and 10 have been included in the survey. The survey was conducted after taking the details of students from both urban and rural area schools. The learning aspects of the Languages- Mathematics, Science and Social Science for Class 8 and Languages Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and English for Class 10 have been considered. The main highlight from the subject-wise understanding of the survey found that the learning levels (achievements) of students drop as they progress to a higher class.

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Different aspects of approach toward learning at home and going to school were keenly observed in the study. 45 percent of the students said online learning was joyful, and 38 percent of the respondents faced difficulty in learning. Meanwhile, the students who do not have digital devices in their homes have also been included in the survey, and found that twenty-four percent of the students claimed they had no digital device at home. 

According to the report, the average performance of students at the national level in a scaled score of 500 starts decreasing in higher classes. For example, the national average performance of a class 3 student in the language is 323 out of 500, but the same dips to 260 in Class 10. Similarly, in mathematics the national average score is 306 at class 3 level, which comes down to 284 in class 5; 255 in class 8; and 220 in class 10. The survey report also presented state-wise performance.