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India making attempt to reduce learning poverty via foundational education

India's learning poverty levels are at new highs, according to World Bank estimates

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It is estimated that India’s learning poverty was at 54.8 per cent in 2017 — children unable to read and understand simple text and numbers by the age of 10

Anjuli Bhargava New Delhi
If the foundation is weak, a house cannot stand. So, here’s one thought that many state governments, chief ministers, education secretaries, school principals, academicians, and teachers in India appear to have overlooked: a child needs to be able to “learn to read” before they can begin to “read to learn”. In other words, if the foundation is weak and if by grade 3, the student cannot read, there are no pillars to build upon.
This single failure is pushing up India’s learning poverty levels to new highs, according to World Bank estimates.
It is estimated that India’s learning poverty was

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First Published: May 31 2020 | 12:52 AM IST

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