The Indic Society for Education and Development (INSEED)

Assessment of deficiencies in mathematics and English of primary school children, Harshul, Nashik district

This was a collaborative project with the School of Education, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik, India.

Aims: The objectives of the study, while focusing on primary education, were to

  • assess the mathematical skills
  • assess the English language skills
  • develop remedial material to improve both mathematical and English skills
  • implement a pilot remedial program in a school
  • assess the mathematical and English skills at the end of the program
  • assess the need for a complementary system of non-formal education
  • develop teacher training programs for distance education with the pilot remedial program as the basis.

Plan and implementation: To achieve the above objectives, the following steps were planned:

  • undertake a pilot study in a Zilla Parishad school in Harshul Taluka, Nashik district,
  • prepare a questionnaire to collect the academic achievement status of the selected school, teachers' qualification and the socio-economic background of the students,
  • conduct "Phatak's Draw-a-man test" to determine the intelligent quotient (I.Q.) of the students, and
  • develop tests to assess the skills/deficiencies in mathematics and English.

Financial support: The pilot study was supported by INSEED and YCMOU, Nashik.

Period: January 2007 - August 2007

The team:

  1. Sangeeta Shirname, PhD (Education), INSEED, Nashik
  2. Navnath Tupe, PhD (Education), YCMOU, Nashik
  3. Sangita Kulathinal, PhD (Statistics), INSEED, Nashik
  4. Bijoy Joseph, PhD (Geology), INSEED, Nashik

Status and outcome: A Zilla Parishad school in Harshul, Nashik district, was selected for the pilot project. The assessment of the students were undertaken with the help of the school staff, and Phatak's Draw-a-man test was conducted. The total number of students were 237 from standards 1-3, of which 121 were boys, and 116 were girls.

The project was discontinued after the pilot stage due to lack of funding.


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