A survey team of Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) has presented a gloomy picture of the status of education in the home district of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
The survey conducted by students of Khalsa College of Education, Muktsar, on behalf of ASER has indicated that the elementary schools though have basic infrastructure, students lack basic knowledge.
The ASER exercise is the largest annual survey of children studying in rural area schools in India. It is facilitated by a non-government organisation, Pratham Education Foundation, and is being conducted every year since 2005.
The survey seeks to understand the level and status of education across the country with special emphasis on the learning outcome among children. Around 30 villages of Lambi, Malout, Gidderbaha and Muktsar constituencies were visited to collect data for the survey.
Nearly 60 BEd students of Khalsa college collected information about basic facilities in village, school information, household facilities, enrolment information for children in the 3-16 age group. Children in the age group of 5-16 years were also tested on language and mathematics skills during the survey.
The state head of Pratham Education Foundation, Vajinder Thakur; research associate of ASER centre, Mohit Mishra from Delhi and manager Onkar Singh from Punjab trained the college students regarding the survey.
College principal Tarlok Bandhu said the survey found that students were much behind the expectations. "I know a Class-7 student who cannot carry out simple division of numbers and there was a student from Class 6 who failed to write a sentence in Punjabi, his mother tongue," Bandhu said.
He added that, "During the survey, we found that the government schools in Muktsar district had basic infrastructure needed to run the school but students failed to comprehend simple mathematics formulas. They were not good in language test also."
Children were tested according to level of their class, said Bandhu.
"The survey observed that though government is spending on elementary education, it is not reflecting on the learning capabilities of students," said Bandhu.
"The data will be finally compiled on the completion of ASER. We are sending all data and the report to Delhi soon. The findings of the survey are expected to be released by the union ministry of human resource development by December," added Bandhu.