Karnataka: Ganitha Kalika Andolana launched to promote quality math learning

October 26, 2015

In India, only 25.3 percent of standard III children in government run schools can do a simple two digit subtraction and the percentage of children in standard II who still cannot recognise numbers up to 9 has increased over time, from 11.3 percent in 2009 to 19.5 percent in 2014. And that’s not all. Among standard V children, the ability to do division stands at just 26.1 percent in 2014. In Karnataka alone, only 29 percent of standard VII students can do simple division. (All Figures from ASER Report 2014)
Taking stock of the declining numeracy levels, the Karnataka state government is taking an activity based approach to aid and promote quality math learning and has rolled out Ganitha Kalika Andolana (GKA) – a programme aimed at bridging learning gaps in math among children in standard four and five by using an activity based creative approach, peer learning and fun ways rather than rote application of mathematical procedures.

The programme is a major part of the state government’s plan to support and build math capacity among teachers, increase participation and raise standards in math education at the government primary school level.

The state government is rolling out GKA with the support of Akshara Foundation (www.akshara.org.in), in a public private partnership (PPP).  GKA will include Akshara Foundation’s Math teaching and learning material (TLM), capacity building of resource persons and teachers and assessment of children’s learning outcomes. Through this programme, Akshara Foundation aims to offer a problem solving approach to maths teaching and learning outcomes, improved pedagogy, assessment, training and capacity building of teachers.

For more information on the programme, please refer the link http://akshara.org.in/2015/08/10-essential-facts-you-need-to-know-about-karnatakas-math-movement/

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