Last Update: January 18, 2023, 13:17 IST
The ASER 2022 survey shows that the attendance of both children and teachers has remained stable over time. (Representational Image)
The findings are based on a survey of 7 lakh children in over 17,000 government schools in 19,060 villages, 616 districts. Survey findings are significant given school closures and learning loss during two years of pandemic
The number of students aged 6-14 enrolled in school increased from 97.2% in 2018 to 98.4% in 2022, with more children enrolled in government schools than private schools. But there has been a boom in the number of people taking private tuitions. In addition, there has been an alarming decline in learning levels in Classes 3 and 5, according to the annual status findings. Education The Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Rural Districts of the Country Report (ASER) 2022 was released on Wednesday.
The last such ASER report was released in 2018. The survey’s findings are significant in light of the past two years of the pandemic, which saw large-scale school closures and loss of learning across the country. Also, according to the surveyors, the report assumes significance as it is being released after the new National Education Policy (NEP), 2020, which lays major focus on foundational literacy and numeracy.
“Only one in five children in Grade 3 in 2022 will be able to read a Grade 2 level text, down from one in four in 2018,” the report said.
The findings are based on a survey of 7 lakh children in 19,060 villages, 616 districts. It covered more than 17,000 government schools. The survey covers parameters such as school enrollment and attendance, basic arithmetic, reading and writing skills.
“During the years of the pandemic, no nationally representative data was available. We did a phone survey in the districts to collect the data. The ASER 2022 learning estimates data will be critical for evaluating and understanding the impact of the pandemic on children in school. The survey tracks the situation from learning loss to recovery,” said Wilima Wadhwa, director, ASER Centre.
The ASER 2022 survey shows that the attendance of both children and teachers has remained stable over time. The all-India (rural) attendance figure for children is close to 72%, while for teachers it is slightly above 85%. “However, wide variation remains with the states of UP, MP, Bihar, Tripura among the states with the lowest attendance rates, while Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have more than 86% enrolled students,” the report said.
The proportion of children enrolled in government schools varies widely across rural India. However, in almost all states, enrollment in government schools is set to increase between 2018 and 2022. Currently 72.4% of children in rural India are enrolled in government schools.
read all latest india news Here