RTE, non-RTE students in Karnataka on par in studies: Report | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A report on the implementation of Right to Education (RTE) shows that children availing RTE benefits perform as well as other students in the same class in Karnataka.
The report — Evaluation of infrastructure facilities and eligibility conditions of private schools as per RTE Act-2009 in Karnataka — released by Karnataka Evaluation Authority in January said a learning-attainment test used by the education department of class 4 level was administered on 1,440 RTE and 720 non-RTE children.
72% RTE kids go for pvt tuitions: Report
The students were tested on Kannada, English, Environmental Sciences (EVS) and Mathematics. Average marks in all four subjects was 84.2% for RTE students and 86.5% for non-RTE students.
“Better performance of non-RTE students over the RTE students is in Kannada and EVS. Such a better performance in both subjects is observed in Belgaum division. It is amusing to note that performance of RTE students is better than that of non-RTE students in Mathematics in Bengaluru division. One explanation is that a majority of RTE students go for private tuitions. No such update is available for non-RTE students. Precise inference is not possible. In general, it is inferred that RTE students, by and large, have done as well as non-RTE students,” the report said.
An analysis of education and occupation of fathers and mothers of students reveals that 25% neighbourhood-quota seats under RTE have gone to the ‘deserving poor’, said the report. Also, 48% children of the sample are girls. There are 27% SC/ST and 73% OBCs in the sample.
“Even while the children are exposed to the same environment in school, the home environment differs from RTE and non-RTE children. The former might not get the kind of parental support in academics the non-RTE students get. This is compensated by the private tuitions they go for. At the same time, we do not have data on tuitions non-RTE students go for as we did not study them,” explained AS Seetharamu, former faculty of Institute of Social and Economic Change who drafted the report.
Of the children administered the study, 16% said English is difficult and 13% Maths is tough.
About 72% RTE students go for private tuitions. This is as high as 80% in Kalaburgi. Private tuitions are facilitated in a few schools by the school itself, though this is against legislated rules. “If this is true, it will be an extra cost/burden for parents of RTE children. If slow learners can be helped at school, this cost can be avoided/prevented,” the report stated.
According to the report, the transition loss of children during the years in the state is 2%. This may be due to transfers to other sectors—private, aided, government or CBSE — or other states, the report said.

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