INDIA FACES A LEARNING CRISIS
Of the 130 million school-going children,
- 1 in 2 rural students in grade 4 cannot read fluently; 3 in 4 students do not possess basic math skills.
- Of 9th and 10 graders in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan, only 35% can read at a grade 4 level; 75% are unable to understand decimal numbers or solve simple profit and loss problems.
- In the global PISA study on secondary school students’ mathematical skills, India finished second to last, only above Kazakhstan, and was over 200 points behind the global topper. Estimates suggest that an eighth grade Indian student’s math skills are equal to that of a South Korean third grader.
(SOURCES: ASER 2014; EI Working Paper (2015); Times of India, Jan 15, 2012)