Report on the Assessment of the Computer Wallah Project (Academic Year 2009-2010)
The Computer Wallah project was established in October 2009, by staff at the Vicky Standish e-Education Centre (VSeEC).
VSeEC staff visit schools on a daily basis, according to a set timetable, to deliver netbooks for use during the session. The netbooks are always fully charged, removing the problem of erratic power supply to schools.
Through improving the accessibility and availability of computers, the project offers the possibility of computer aided learning (CAL) to the children of local primary schools. The consequences of such a project are improved teaching methods and curriculum coverage, and better engagement of all the children in the class, including those with poor concentration or ability.
Classes begin with a brief subject introduction to gain an understanding, before progression onto the use of a fun and interactive computer program. The program has been built and donated by the Azim Premji Foundation. Students are able to learn in Tamil, Hindi or English, and may progress through the educational material and exercises at the pace suitable to each individual.
The subjects which are taught using CAL at present are Tamil, English, Science, Mathematics and General Knowledge (Social Science is also available but not currently taught using CAL).
Currently, four primary schools are involved in the computer Wallah project – Alamparai, Vembanur, Kadapakkam and Kottaikadu. Current focus is on 4th and 5th standard children at the schools. It is anticipated that with extra funding it will be possible in the future to roll out the project to include the communities in addition to school children.
In order to assess the effectiveness of the Computer Wallah project in the improvement of learning, examination scores of the children have been compared. Examinations are held every 3 months, at the end of each term.
Examination results are compared from the annual examinations at the end of the 2009-10 academic year, quarterly examinations in August 2009 – both prior to the introduction of Computer Wallah, and half year examinations in December 2009 – 3 months after the introduction of Computer Wallah. These two average marks have been compared with 2010 Annual examination.
The average (mean) examination results for each school have been compared and are shown in figures 1 and 2. The maximum score which may be achieved over the five examination subjects is 500 marks.
Figure 1. Graph representing the average (mean) progressive examination results for 2010.
Name of the Schools
Average Mark (%)
2009 Quarterly 2009 half-yearly 2010 Annual
ALAMPARAI 290 337 366.6
VEMBANUR 308.55 321.27 337.64
KADAPAKKAM 283.5 299.4 340.4
KOTTAIKADU 395.7 413.4 429.9
Figure 2. Average (mean) progressive examination results for 2010