NEW DELHI: Mathematics emerged as the most challenging subject of all according a survey conducted by education technology startup iChamp. Conducted among 5,000 students between the ages of 5 to 13 years the survey aims to gauge the learning trends amongst students.
The findings highlight that schools across the country are implementing new methods for teaching Maths, especially during 1st to 5th class. However, Indian parents often use Mathematics as a benchmark to measure the intelligence for their wards. The survey reveals that instead of investing time in the subject they like, children are bound to pay more time and attention to Maths because of the pressure build on them by their parents. The undue expectations from parents make it even more challenging for the kids to perform well in Maths.
Apart from Maths, the survey stated that linguistics plays an important role across the country. Students from metropolitan cities such as Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai scored about 15% more marks in English compared to rest of the country in iChamp tests.
Students in tier II cities such as Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Patna, Jaipur, Indore and Chandigarh scored more marks in English compared with students from tier III cities. However, their scores are less than those scored by tier 1 cities students. Students in South Indian states scored about 8% more marks in English compared to the rest of the country.
Hindi is a big challenge for students in metros. Students in tier I cities take more Hindi tests on the platform as compared to students from other cities. Feedback from parents in metro cities is also to add more Hindi content than any other subject.
The survey added that students like to compete with others, rather than taking the same tests individually. Linking rewards with tests increases the chance of a student taking that test by more than 120%. Virtual rewards such as stickers and badge on the iChamp app are a big motivation for students as well.