70% Schools Students in Bihar Take Private Tuitions: ASER Report

Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra have fewer students who can solve basic subtraction problems, the report added (Representational Image)

Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra have fewer students who can solve basic subtraction problems, the report added (Representational Image)

According to the ASER report, the percentage of school students taking private tuition was higher than the national average in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

The proportion of students taking private tuition in classes 1 to 8 is set to increase from 26.4 per cent in 2018 to 30.5 per cent in 2022, showed the latest edition of the annual status. Education Report (ASER). States like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand had higher percentage of school students taking private tuition than the national average.

“Bihar and Jharkhand are high tuition states – 70 per cent of children in Bihar and 45 per cent in Jharkhand are taking tuition in 2022, while only 10 per cent in Himachal Pradesh and 15 per cent in Maharashtra,” Dr Wilima Wadhwa, The Indian Express Said the director of the Asar Center. He further added that this secondary support of taking private tuitions was successful in limiting the learning loss in these specific states.

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The report prepared by Pratham Education Foundation shows that the percentage of Class 3 students in Bihar and Jharkhand who can read a Class II level text was 12.3 and 11 respectively in 2018 and 12.9 in 2022 as well as 9.5. However, in Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra, the share declined from 47.4 per cent and 44.2 per cent to 23 per cent and 26.1 per cent, respectively.

Coming to Bihar, the state showed improvement in maths, especially in its numbers between 2018 and 2022. The number of Class 3 students who can do basic subtraction increased from 18 percent to 21.2 percent, while Jharkhand also improved its numbers from 14.8 percent. 16.3 percent.

Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra have fewer students who can solve basic subtraction problems. The ASER 2022 report shows that in Himachal Pradesh, the share fell to 31.3 per cent in 2022 from 42.4 per cent in 2018. Maharashtra also saw a decline from 28.1 per cent to 18.5 per cent during the same period.

A citizen-led nationwide survey, ASER provides data on the schooling and learning of children in rural India. ASER was first conducted in 2015 and has been repeated annually before a break between 2018- 2021.

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