Mumbai: Taking cognisance of a report of an NGO highlighting the declining standard of education in Maharashtra, the state government here decided to set up a study group to assess the situation, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said on Wednesday.
"We have taken note of the report of Pratham Educational Trust and will set up a study group to assess the situation. We will take appropriate action after the group submits its report," the minister said.
The 10th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 2014, released by the Pratham Educational Trust a few days ago, ahead of the Central government starting discussions on a new education policy, flags gaps between input and outcome in elementary education.
An assessment of the learning outcomes of students in rural areas has hardly recorded any improvement in reading and mathematical ability, marking a trend that experts attribute to lack of focused need-based teaching, the report showed.
The report highlighted the declining status of education quality in Maharashtra and its findings were discussed by Tawde with Pratham office bearers.
"Many questions have been raised after the Pratham report. Answers will be found by the study group," he said.