AGARTALA, Feb 12 - The Tripura Education Department has decided to conduct a survey on the foundational status of school education in the State.
The decision came after details of educational standards on the basis of a countrywide survey conducted by an NGO operating under the banner of Pratam Education Foundation were released.
School Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the survey would be conducted among all students from classes III to VIII in all schools. After the findings come out in detail, the State Government will take affirmative action to upgrade the standards of education.
Official sources stated that the Education Department was concerned over the findings of the survey conducted by the NGO, which show that 55 per cent of students reading in Class V cannot read Bengali textbooks of Class II. More alarmingly, 47 per cent of students of Class VI cannot read Bengali textbooks of Class II.
More than 10 per cent of students of Class VI cannot read words, especially compound words in Bengali. The picture found by the survey in Mathematics is still more worrisome: 52 per cent of students of Class V cannot work out subtraction and 81 per cent of students cannot work out divisions. More than 53 per cent of students of Class VI cannot work out subtraction, while 69 per cent of students of Class VIII cannot divide numbers.
Without mentioning the findings of the NGO-conducted survey, sources in the Education Department admitted that the condition of primary education in Tripura was indeed poor. They stated that the State Government was planning to launch a positive action programme to improve things in the primary and early secondary level of education.