Bhopal: 8% enrolment drop in government-run rural primary schools

Bhopal: The number of students dropped by 8% in government-run primary schools in rural areas of the state, while admission in private schools registered an increase, says Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) released Tuesday. The report also claimed that infrastructure in government schools have improved because of the implementation of Right to Education Act.

The report based on the school education in rural areas claims that there has been a slight improvement in reading ability of students. Only 31 % of students from class 3 could read books of class 1 while 41.6% of students from class 5 could read books from class 2. Ironically, 64.4% students of class 8 could read books of class 2. While in primary and middle classes there is a slight improvement by 2-4% in reading but for class 8 it has remained stagnant compared to 2016.

Performance of students in mathematics remained almost same compared with previous report. Moreover, physical training teachers were not present in 5.5% primary schools and 9.6% middle schools. Most shocking revelation related to sports and physical training stated that sports related items were not distributed in 53.5 percent primary schools and 62.2% middle schools.

Teachers’ attendance in schools stood at about 85%. More than 95% children in age group of 6-14 were enrolled in schools while dropout rate of girls between 15-16 years of age came down to 26.8% from 29.8% in 2016. As per the report, admission in private schools rose from 15.4% in 2010 to 26.1% in 2018.

ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) Centre conducts an educational survey every year in all the states, covering all the districts, since year 2005. This year too, after conducting a ‘Beyond Basics’ survey in ASER 2017, where it looked at the preparedness of 14 to 18-year olds to lead useful and productive lives as adults, in 2018 ASER focused once again on schooling status of children age 3 to 16 and basic reading and arithmetic of children in the 5 to 16 age group across rural India.

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