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In Mumbai, Suburban Students Worst Hit by COVID-19 School Closure: NAS Report

Of the total 36 districts in Maharashtra, students from Mumbai suburban area have been the worst affected by school closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the findings of the recently released National Achievement Survey (NAS), 2021 by the Ministry of Education, school students from the Mumbai suburban area found learning math and science tougher than languages and social science in the online learning mode.

The NAS 2021 report analysed the learning outcomes in classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 for a range of subjects. While Mumbai suburban area ranked at the bottom of the chart in learning for classes 8 and 10, it was only above Gadchiroli in terms of learning for classes 3 and 5, reported a leading news daily.

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The results were marginally better for private unaided schools compared to government schools, where students may have been deprived of digital learning tools. In city schools, however, central government schools performed better than private aided schools.

More than 90 per cent of students both from city and suburban areas said that they found learning easier with teachers teaching physically compared to online classes.

The survey further showed that more than 50 per cent of students in classes 3 and 5 could perform at basic or below the basic level in the assessment of various subjects for the survey. The number of such students went up to over 70 per cent in classes 8 and 10. Mumbai city district was ranked three in learning for class 3 and four for class 10. However, the ranks dropped down to 11 for class 8 and 17 for class 5.

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The survey covered 273 of more than 4000 schools across Mumbai. Of the 4700 students who were included in the survey, 56 per cent were from government schools and 32 were from private schools. The survey report, however, painted a promising picture of school education in Solapur, Satara, Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts. Solapur had the highest score in learning for classes 3 and 5 in the survey.

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