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Study suggests that learning capacity of students have significantly fallen

Azeem Premji University has conducted a study that indicates that the capacity of learning among primary school students has been significantly affected due to the almost nine month hiatus in school going culture. In a percentile count, students of primary schools were at 92 percent and 82 percent learning lack in languages and in mathematics respectively. This is in accordance with the report the University submitted on February 10, 2021.

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The study was conducted in January where the University had chosen 16,067 students who were part of 1337 government and primary schools from 44 districts in Chattisgarh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. With the closure of schools due to the pandemic, students lost valuable lessons they could have learnt much better in a physical classroom experience over the virtual medium, in addition, they have also seem to have lost the ability to retain older lessons. 

From grade second to grade six the study indicated that they have lost learning capacity from a percentage of 89 to 95. Among all the students who have been analysed, most of them depicted sluggishness of skills in both answering, reading freely and writing. 

Anurag Behar, Chancellor of Azeem Premji University when releasing the report opined that it was concerning how the children not only lost a year due to the pandemic but they also have forgotten what was taught to them earlier. In addition to giving the teachers the responsibility and time to overcome this gap, there also needs to be an extension of other facilities, cancel holidays, extension of the academic year of 2020-2021 to the maximum, restructure the curriculum and re- adjust college academic period to overcome the fallouts.

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