Annual Status of Education Report, ASER 2016: Government Schools Fares Well
The government schools fares well in performance than that of private schools, according to the Annual Status of Education Report, ASER 2016 which was released in New Delhi yesterday after a break of one year in 2015 by ASER volunteers. ASER is the largest annual household survey in rural India that focuses on the status of children's schooling and basic learning.
Education | Edited by Shihabudeen Kunju S | Updated: Jan 27, 2017 1:18 pm IST | Source: NDTV
According to the survey, there was no increase in private school enrollment between 2014 and 2016, however, two states show significant increases in government school enrollment relative to 2014 levels. In Kerala, the proportion of children (age 11-14) enrolled in government school increased from 40.6% in 2014 to 49.9% in 2016. In Gujarat, this proportion increased from 79.2% in 2014 to 86% in 2016.
When it comes to reading ability, nationally, it has improved especially in early grades in government schools. Nationally, the proportion of children in Std III who are able to read at least Std I level text has gone up slightly, from 40.2% in 2014 to 42.5% in 2016. This proportion shows substantial increases among children in government schools in many states: Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana. The report argue that, this improvement is driven by gains in learning levels in government schools in these states.
In arithmetic, in 2014, 25.4% of Std III children could do a 2-digit subtraction. This number has risen slightly to 27.7% in 2016. This improvement has come primarily from government schools where the percentage of Std III children who could do a 2-digit subtraction increased from 17.2% in 2014 to 20.2% in 2016.
In an overall level, according to the report findings, ability to read English is unchanged for lower primary grades. In comparison, in 2016, 24.5% of children enrolled in Std V could read simple English sentences. This number is virtually unchanged since 2009. However, a few states show improvements since 2014 for government school children enrolled in Std V.
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