Eighth graders find maths toughest subject: Study

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 17, 2013-

Grade eight students find mathematics the hardest subject, followed by Nepali and Social Studies, a report has shown.

A government-funded research assessed the national average achievement of the eighth graders at 49 percent, suggesting poor academic knowledge in students.

The report released on Monday showed that 43 percent students have poorest performance in mathematics while their achievement in Nepali and Social Students stands at 49 percent. The result was drawn evaluating student’s knowledge on a particular subject through questionnaires and interviews.

The National Assessment of Student Achievement unit of the Education Review Office (ERO) under the Ministry of Education undertook the research for two years beginning 2010.

The study was conducted among 48,682 students, 1,201 headmasters and 1,250 subject teachers from 1,201 community and private schools of 25 districts across the country representing all the development and geographical regions. Private schools, with 66 percent achievement, beat the community schools, whose students achieved just 44 percent on an average. The achievement of students in urban areas was rated 52 percent while that of those in rural areas was measured at 45 percent.

“The performance of schools with poor infrastructure and low school days is degrading,” said Bhoj Raj Kafle, under-secretary at the ERO, and a member of the research team. “Our study shows that the same education policy and pedagogy is not going to work in every school. The teaching methodology should be different based on the requirement of the particular school.”

According to Kafle, girls’ achievement is higher than that of boys in Nepali but it is lower in technical subjects such as mathematics. Students from Bahun and Chhetri communities have higher achievement in Nepali and Social Studies while those from Madhesi communities lead in mathematics with the highest achievement.

Dalit students have the poorest performance in aggregate.

Costing Rs 30 million, the research is considered one of the largest in school education in Nepal. Schools from Jhapa, Ilam, Bhojpur, Sankhuwasabha, Morang, Bhaktapur, Ramechhap, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Sindhupalchok, Tanahun, Nawalparasi, Gorkha, Dhading, Rautahat, Banke, Pyuthan, Jajarkot, Mustang, Bara, Syangja, Doti, Kanchanpur, Kalikot and Bajhang districts were involved in the study.

Published: 18-06-2013 09:00

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