Only 60% of municipal school students pass class 10, according to information procured by Praja foundation through RTI. This means one of every third student fails the board examinations.
The study selected three wards (D, M-East, P-South), one each from the western suburbs, central suburbs and island city. The survey found a similar result of the students’ continuous comprehensive evaluation. According to the survey’s findings, in all six subjects, 47% of class 4 students and 58% of class 7 students scored above 60% marks.
Similarly, only 0.4% and 0.1% of the civic school students appearing for the scholarship examination in class 4 and 7 respectively, were awarded scholarships in 2012-13.
In contrast to the poor performance of students, the survey found out that teachers from sample schools were scoring well. The teachers scored above 90% in their involvement with students, teaching material and sharing educational experience. These evaluations are conducted by municipal corporation’s school inspector.
Teachers from all three wards scored above 95% in usage of examples and case study while teaching. However, the teachers scored low on self-evaluation with the highest being 65% in the M-East ward.
“Accountability is the only way to improve the quality of education in municipal schools. Reports submitted by the inspector must be audited by a third party to ensure that these inspections reflect the reality,” said Milind Mhaske, Praja Foundation.