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Bangalore schools fare poorly among metros: Study

Here is shocking piece of news for parents sending their children to the so-called prestigious schools in the city. A study carried out by Wipro-run Azim Premji Foundation in Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai revealed that there were serious shortcomings in issues related to education in these cities.
The study stated that Bangalore, which has lots of schools affiliated to different boards, secured last place in terms of performance, compared with other metros. The comparison of scores revealed that students from Kolkata and Delhi performed better than those in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.
“This is really shocking and also a challenge for the schools affiliated to different boards. The school authorities must take it as a challenge and apply necessary steps to bring Bangalore to first place,” said Sumita Kumar, a parent sending her daughter to a prestigious school in the city.
As per board-wise comparison, schools from Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) performed significantly better than other boards. Among the top two, CISCE fared better.
The study also found that students’ general awareness about well-known facts was low and their writing skills were poor.
Apart from academic performance, the survey also gauged students’ views regarding issues such as education of girls, civic sense, religious harmony and attitude towards people with physical disabilities and illnesses like Aids. The findings were not very encouraging.
Bias against girl students, the disabled
About 40-43% of students in classes IV, VI and VIII felt that educating a girl was not important. If a choice has to be made between a boy or girl child in providing education, boys should be preferred. Some even felt that in the long run, educating a girl was a waste.
The study indicated that this deep-rooted bias against girl child was present even among students from families that were educated and belonged to the higher socio-economic strata of the society. Read the full story here at DNA
Source : DNA, Image: 123rf

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