Approximately 60% of all private schools do not extend to class 10th (board exam grade). This has made it difficult for the parents to judge the quality of these rural private schools. As per the report, this information gap is considered similar to investing in advanced educational techniques, directly or indirectly adding to the teachers’ training.
As per a ‘State of the Sector’ report released by the Central Square Foundation- “About 60 percent of rural private school students in class 5 cannot solve a simple division problem, 35 percent of rural private school students in class 5 cannot read a class 2 level graph,” Source: The Indian Express.
Further, the report suggests- “Among students from the richest 20 percent households attending private schools, only 56 percent between eight and 11 years can read a class 2 level basic paragraph,” Source: The Indian Express.
The reports revealed that parents were not familiar with the exact outcome of their children. “This information gap also means that schools are less likely to invest in learning-focused invisible improvements like teacher training and quality, and more likely to spend on things that are observable by parents but may not lead to much improvement in learning – like computer labs, or marketing that proclaims English-medium instruction.” Reports state—source: The Indian Express.
When the parents considered English medium schools as one major reason behind sending their children to private schools, a survey revealed that hardly half of the schools have been teaching English. Around 42.3% of private schools use English as one of the languages for conveying instructions; on the other hand, this percentage is around 10.4 in government schools.
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Source: Indian Express