Punjab schools outperform Delhi in 2021 NAS survey released by Ministry of Education

School children in Punjab have excelled in the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 national learning achievement levels survey released on Wednesday.

The nationwide large-scale assessment survey was conducted by the Ministry of Education on November 12 last year, and students in grades 3, 5, 8 and 10 were tested in various subjects to assess their learning outcomes and assess the impact of the pandemic. on academics.

Punjab not only scored above the national average in all subjects but also surpassed the average score in 10 out of 15 categories, leaving behind other states including Delhi.

Punjab’s performance in the country’s largest survey of learning achievement levels conducted by the ministry comes amid push for the ‘Delhi model of education’ in the state by the AAP government led by CM Bhagwant Mann, who wants to bring an “educational revolution” to Punjab as his counterpart Arvind Kejriwal “did in Delhi”. Mann said public schools in Punjab were “lag behind” and needed a complete overhaul.

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According to Mann, the previous SAD-BJP and Congress governments did not do enough for the education sector and were responsible for the pathetic state of public schools in Punjab.

Recently, during an interaction with school principals across the state held in Ludhiana, Mann said that Punjab will soon implement Delhi education model in Punjab with features like sending teachers abroad for training. Launching a portal to register teachers’ suggestions on how to improve schools in Punjab, he said the AAP government will “restore the confidence of ordinary people in the government education system”.

“Just painting walls and buildings with colors doesn’t make a ‘smart school’. The Delhi government has endeavored to boost the confidence of its students and likewise Punjab will also take the children out of the ‘freak of high percentages’ and ‘focus on practical education that will help them succeed in the life “. I have no doubts about the ability of our principals and teachers, but they have never had the infrastructure and atmosphere necessary to make our education system world class. People have lost faith in the government system,” Mann said when addressing teachers.

The latest NAS results, however, have raised questions as to whether Punjab’s schools are really lagging behind, as claimed by the AAP, and promised a complete overhaul of the education and healthcare system in the state. .

Punjab Bulletin – NAS 2021

Nationally, the survey tested 34.01 lakh students from 1.18 lakh schools in grades 3, 5, 8 and 10. From Punjab, a total of 1.17 lakh students were tested in 3,656 schools, including including public and private.

While students in classes 3 and 5 were tested in language (Punjabi), mathematics and environmental studies (EVS), students in class 8 were tested in language (Punjabi), mathematics, science and environmental studies. social Sciences. Students in Class 10 were tested in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Modern Indian Language (MIL), which in the case of Punjab was Punjabi.

In the scaled scores out of 500, Punjab scored highest in all subjects for grades 3, 5 and 8. For grade 10, it scored highest in mathematics, second in science, social science and in MIL and the third in English. .

Punjab scored above the national average in all categories, according to the report.

  • For Class 3, Punjab scored 355 in Language (Punjabi), 339 in Mathematics and 334 in EVS, above the national average of 323, 306 and 307, respectively – the highest of all states.
  • For Class 5, Punjab scored 339 in Language (Punjabi), 316 in Mathematics and 310 in EVS, above the national average of 309, 284 and 283, respectively – the highest of all states.
  • For grade 8, Punjab scored 338 in language (Punjabi), 297 in mathematics, 287 in science and 288 in social science – higher than the national average of 302, 255, 250 and 255, respectively, and also the highest high among all states.

Only in class 10, Punjab achieved the highest score in only one of the five subjects, but still above the national average. Although it had the highest score – 273 in math – it ranks second in MIL, science and social science (after UT Chandigarh). In English, it ranks number 3 with a score of 330 (after Chandigarh and Goa).

Delhi vs Punjab debate

Even though AAP leaders in Punjab claimed that public schools in Punjab were nowhere ahead of Delhi, the NAS report shows that Punjab scored higher than Delhi in all subjects for all grades ( 3, 5, 8 and 10). Even for class 10, Delhi performed less than Punjab in all subjects including English in which Punjab is third (after Chandigarh and Goa). While Punjab’s average score in English for Class 10 is 330, Delhi’s is 321 (out of 500).

Education level in Punjab ‘deteriorating’, says education minister

Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, AAP MP for Barnala and the state’s education minister, who visited public schools in the state to ‘gather ground-level feedback’ from teachers and students, in a statement released Wednesday said the level of education in the state was “deteriorating.”

“The deterioration in the level of education was revealed during my personal interactions with students during visits to public schools. Previous governments failed to provide basic facilities and showed basic false results by encouraging copying in order to paint a false picture of development. This explains why public schools are lagging despite competent teachers. The burden of wacky results would be taken off the shoulders of teachers and students to make Punjab the best state and emphasis would be placed on quality education.

Overall result (in percentage):

CLASS 3
National average: 59%
Punjab: 71.4%
Delhi: 48.7%

CLASS 5
National average: 49%
Punjab: 61.7%
Delhi: 45%

CLASS 8
National average: 41.9%
Punjab: 53.8%
Delhi: 43.6%

CLASS 10
National average: 37.8%
Punjab: 50.6%
Delhi: 45.4%