One in three children in rural Rajasthan not attending preschool: Study
More than one in three children in rural Rajasthan is not attending preschool, a latest study on early childhood education in the state has found.jaipur Updated: Oct 15, 2017 19:51 IST
More than one in three children in rural Rajasthan is not attending preschool, a latest study on early childhood education in the state has found.
The study’s findings, presented at a workshop in Jaipur on Thursday, showed 33.3% of four-years-old children in rural areas are not attending any preschool - be it government or private.
UNICEF, Ambedkar University’s Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development and Annual Status of Education Report Centre jointly conducted the study.
The study covered three states Assam, Rajasthan and Telangana. Among them the figures of students not going to preschool is the highest in Rajasthan. Figures for Assam is 10.9% and Telangana 6.1%.
The study covered a total of 14,000 children in the three states.
Furthermore, only one out of every five children of preschool age (4 years) in the rural areas of Rajasthan was attending a government preschool facility.
In the past couple of years, the women and child development ministry has taken a string of steps to transform anganwadi centres from just feeding centres to preschool learning centres.
Despite the efforts, Rajasthan still had the lowest figures among the three states. The percentage of four-year olds in rural Rajasthan attending government preschool was 21.3 while the same was 79.1 in rural Assam and 52.6 in rural Telangana.
Furthermore, 32% of the sampled children in Rajasthan were attending a private preschool. On the other hand, 12.3% of preschool age children in the state were attending a primary school.
This was the highest as compared to the other two states, where the figure was 0.3% (Assam) and 7.9% (Telangana).
“There is a lack of awareness among the public regarding anganwadis. The people in the state don’t know that the anganwadis are now prepared to provide quality early childhood education. What is needed is extensive publicity of the anganwadi learning centres,” said KB Kothari of Pratham – an NGO working for education.
Kothari, who attended the workshop, said there was a need for regular training of early childhood education mentors, monitoring of the centres and regulation of the teaching-learning material.