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At age 6, 47.5% children are in anganwadis or pre-primary classes, while 31.6% are in Std I and 16.1 % are in Std II or in higher classes.(HT file)

ASER 2019 report: ‘Early Years’ findings

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajeev Mullick
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2020 06:50 PM IST
Districts surveyed in UP—Lucknow and Varanasi –– indicates low enrolment patterns for 4-year-old even though the proportion increases with age.
The report highlights huge age-variation among children enrolled with pre-primary centres, including anganwadis and private schools.(HT file)
The report highlights huge age-variation among children enrolled with pre-primary centres, including anganwadis and private schools.(HT file)

ASER report points to huge age-variation, weak emotional skills in early schooling in Nalanda

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Arun Kumar
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2020 06:45 PM IST
The survey was carried out in 60 villages of Nalanda district of Bihar involving 1202 households and 1665 children in the age-group of 0-8. Read on to know more...
Among 4-5 year old children, 56.8 per cent girls and 50.4 per cent boys are enrolled in government schools.(HT File Photo)
Among 4-5 year old children, 56.8 per cent girls and 50.4 per cent boys are enrolled in government schools.(HT File Photo)

More girls in age group of 4-8 years enrolled in govt schools, boys go to private schools, says ASER report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2020 02:42 PM IST
The ASER for 2019 is based on a survey conducted in 26 districts across 24 states in India, covering over 36,000 children in the age group of 4-8 years.
Research has shown that inadequate access to developmentally appropriate inputs and environment during the “early years” not only affects children’s ability to cope with school but can also have lifelong implications(Getty Images)
Research has shown that inadequate access to developmentally appropriate inputs and environment during the “early years” not only affects children’s ability to cope with school but can also have lifelong implications(Getty Images)

The importance of learning in the early years

By Wilima Wadhwa
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2019 08:16 PM IST
If children enter school without requisite competencies, learning gaps develop early and grow over time
ASER is an annual survey that aims to provide reliable estimates of children’s enrolment and basic learning levels in India.
ASER is an annual survey that aims to provide reliable estimates of children’s enrolment and basic learning levels in India.

Four-fold rise in education funds in 10 years, but students’ learning levels down

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Nikita Bishnoi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2019 03:46 PM IST
Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, expenditure on primary education in Rajasthan increased by 4.58 times between 2008 and 2018, which was revealed by the state government in reply to a question raised in the assembly recently.
The Education department has sent a directive to the heads of all schools to prepare a routine accordingly.(HT File Photo)
The Education department has sent a directive to the heads of all schools to prepare a routine accordingly.(HT File Photo)

Odisha to double class time in English, maths and science

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 05:17 PM IST
Odisha school and mass education minister Samir Das said reviews of exam results over the past years have shown that most students who had failed or scored poorly, had done so in these three subjects.
Untrained teachers, irrespective of schools being adequately staffed, directly affect student performance. ASER and NAS results make it clear that this is not merely a learning crisis; the Indian school education system is going through a teaching crisis(S Burmaula / Hindustan Times)
Untrained teachers, irrespective of schools being adequately staffed, directly affect student performance. ASER and NAS results make it clear that this is not merely a learning crisis; the Indian school education system is going through a teaching crisis(S Burmaula / Hindustan Times)

Our students are not learning. But are our teachers teaching?

By Shamika Ravi and Neelanjana Gupta
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2019 07:33 PM IST
The good news is that most children are now enrolled in schools. The question is: why are our students not learning sufficiently? We must ask whether the teacher is teaching, and how well is she or he teaching? Our pedagogical practices require serious reassessment
Our current school curriculum is purely academic in nature and assumes that all those who complete the compulsory stage of elementary education will continue on to secondary and then to higher education.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Our current school curriculum is purely academic in nature and assumes that all those who complete the compulsory stage of elementary education will continue on to secondary and then to higher education.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

The education system, as it stands today, doesn’t make the grade

By Rukmini Banerji
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 10:41 AM IST
Whether to participate in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) or not is the least of India’s problems. India’s young need to move beyond basics.
International research and pedagogical experts have pointed out that to ensure that every child is able to read with meaning by the age of eight is one of the most critical education challenges of our times.(Hindustan Times)
International research and pedagogical experts have pointed out that to ensure that every child is able to read with meaning by the age of eight is one of the most critical education challenges of our times.(Hindustan Times)

Use data-based solutions to improve learning levels

By Ashish Dhawan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2019 03:24 PM IST
Robust data can help states identify the gaps that need to be addressed and customise the solutions accordingly.
In the case of sports equipment available inside schools, nationally, almost two thirds of the schools visited seemed to fulfil this objective of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, an overarching programme for the school education sector extending from pre-school to Class 12, which was announced in the last Union budget.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
In the case of sports equipment available inside schools, nationally, almost two thirds of the schools visited seemed to fulfil this objective of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, an overarching programme for the school education sector extending from pre-school to Class 12, which was announced in the last Union budget.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Look beyond classrooms to improve learning levels in State schools

Hindustan Times | By KumKum Dasgupta
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2019 01:01 PM IST
For the first time, the ASER report has captured the state of sports and physical education structure in India’s rural schools. It is important to start talking about this data set because the links between physical activity and education is well established
As many as 47.2% children in Class 1 of Uttar Pradesh rural schools cannot even read letters of the alphabet, says the 13th Annual Status of Education Report (Rural)-2018.(Yogendra Kumar/HT file)
As many as 47.2% children in Class 1 of Uttar Pradesh rural schools cannot even read letters of the alphabet, says the 13th Annual Status of Education Report (Rural)-2018.(Yogendra Kumar/HT file)

ASER 2018: 47.2% Class 1 students in UP village schools can’t recognise alphabets

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajeev Mullick
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2019 05:05 PM IST
As many as 47.2% children in Class 1 of Uttar Pradesh rural schools cannot even read letters of the alphabet, says the 13th Annual Status of Education Report (Rural)-2018.
Nearly 50% children (aged 6-14 years) in UP are enrolled in private schools whereas Pan India only 31% students go to private institutions, according to 13th Annual Status of Education Report (Rural)-2018 released on Tuesday.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Nearly 50% children (aged 6-14 years) in UP are enrolled in private schools whereas Pan India only 31% students go to private institutions, according to 13th Annual Status of Education Report (Rural)-2018 released on Tuesday.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

ASER 2018: In UP, 50% students still go to pvt schools

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajeev Mullick
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 05:33 PM IST
Nearly 50% children (aged 6-14 years) in UP are enrolled in private schools whereas Pan India only 31% students go to private institutions, according to 13th Annual Status of Education Report (Rural)-2018 released on Tuesday.
The ASER 2018 for Maharashtra has shown considerable improvement as far as the learning outcomes of students are considered.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose only)
The ASER 2018 for Maharashtra has shown considerable improvement as far as the learning outcomes of students are considered.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose only)

Learning in rural Maharashtra gets better, but still short of 2008

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ankita Bhatkhande, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2019 03:45 PM IST
The ASER revealed that around 5% girls in Maharashtra between the age group of 15 and 16 years were out of school in 2018. The rate has, however, gone down from 10.1% in 2008.
Till 2016, private school enrollment was increasing in the state, but in 2018 the figures show a decline.(HT File Photo)
Till 2016, private school enrollment was increasing in the state, but in 2018 the figures show a decline.(HT File Photo)

In UP, 50% students still go to private schools: ASER 2018

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajeev Mullick, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 12:42 PM IST
Report: Attendance sees improvement from 56% in 2016 to about 60% in 2018
The percentage of all children in standard 3 who can read at standard 2 level has climbed up slowly over the past few years, according to the government’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018.(HT file)
The percentage of all children in standard 3 who can read at standard 2 level has climbed up slowly over the past few years, according to the government’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018.(HT file)

ASER 2018 : More than half of children enrolled in Class 5 can read at least a standard 2 level text

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajeev Mullick
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 01:54 PM IST
The percentage of all children in standard 3 who can read at standard 2 level has climbed up slowly over the past few years, according to the government’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)2018.
Over 237 government teacher training colleges and close to 200 colleges and universities have participated in conducting this year’s ASER survey.(File Photo)
Over 237 government teacher training colleges and close to 200 colleges and universities have participated in conducting this year’s ASER survey.(File Photo)

Evidence-based policies are a must for improving learning levels in schools

By Rukmini Banerji
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 07:47 AM IST
Immediate planning is needed for how evidence can guide policy making and practice for making “every child in school and learning well” a reality.
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