'This Woman Is Underpaid': Class 7 Student's Answer To Maths Word Problem

"This woman is underpaid," writes a student after solving a mathematics question about a woman worker and her salary.

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'This Woman Is Underpaid': Class 7 Student's Answer To Maths Word Problem

A class 7 student highlighted the issue of a woman being underpaid in response to a maths problem.


New Delhi: 

"This woman is underpaid," writes a student after solving a mathematics question about a woman worker and her salary. The snap of the solution was shared by a twitter user who in turn had received the same from a teacher. It isn't clear who wrote this answer or which school this student belongs to but the student has won hearts with his critical analysis of the social context of the mathematics problem in question. 

The mathematics problem in question has given the amount earned by a woman in 15 months which is Rs. 18,000. The student has calculated - amount she earns in one month, amount she earns in 7 months, and number of months it will take her to earn Rs. 30,000. 

After providing the solution, the student at the end has given his verdict that the woman in question is underpaid.

Twitter users were all praise for the student. One user wrote,"One great upbringing."

Another user applauded the way the student was taught to link Science with humanity.

One user said this is why continuous evaluation is important.

Upon inquiry from tweeples, the user who shared the image originally said that the student studies in class 7 and that the teacher in question keeps discussing these issues with the students in the class. 

The school education system in India is often blamed to have focus only on rote system of learning and not on development of critical and analytical thinking skills in India. Students are rarely taught to analyze problems in their social context. 

This comment by the student is certainly a welcome change from all the jokes about mathematics problem that ask about a man/woman buying 40 watermelons. 

Meanwhile, with an acknowledgement of the need to develop critical and analytical thinking in students. NCERT has advocated an approach of teaching which emphasizes on learning outcomes. CBSE recently announced it would be adopting art-integrated learning in all its affiliated schools.  

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