Mehmud, age 12, is a sixth grade student in a government school in Rawalpindi, who upon being asked to do a standardised English, Urdu or Maths test could only manage to pass the Urdu test by 3 marks.
Mehmud goes straight home after school for three hours everyday yet he found himself unable to do most of the questions in sixth grade Maths, English and Urdu books in a local private school.
Within school going children, again on average, public school children seem to be doing poorly when compared to their private school counter parts. In government schools, only 37.5 percent of class 3 students were able to read sentences whereas 53.3 percent of class 3 students in private schools could read sentences in Urdu or their mother tongue. Regarding English reading and comprehension, in government schools only 39.4 percent of class 3 students were able to read words whereas 65.5 percent of class 3 students in private schools could read words. Arithmetic learning level of children going to private schools is slightly better but far from being satisfactory. 48.1 percent of private school students of class 5 could do division correctly as opposed to 34.7 percent of class 5 students studying in government schools.
Facts taken from ASER 2012 report.
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