National study survey conducted by ASER reveals grey side in state schools.
Jan 15th, 2015
Nation-wide survey released on Tuesday in New Delhi by ASER centre shows that several school in rural Maharashtra are finding difficulty in reading textbooks of the lower classes and even to solve basic arithmetic problems. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 2014, has clearly mentioned that learning level has degraded among both government and private schools across the state.
The survey was conducted in Maharashtra where in 875 schools in 33 districts where measured.
According to the report, only 76.5% of the students of Class VIII, the highest class tested, can read a text book meant for Class II. About 1.9% of Class VII could not even read a word. The survey revealed that only 32.9% of Class VIII students could do division and about 1.4% could not even recognize numbers from one to nine.
There are two reasons.
1.The no-detention policy of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009
2.The poor quality of teachers might be to blame.
Experts are optimistic. “We are still about two years into the implementation of the RTE, so we are still in the process of internalizing the continuous comprehensive evaluation. There is a backlog where children are not learning and hence, there is a need to address this. The government has already started work on it and hopefully results will be seen soon,” Farida Lambey of Pratham, which facilitates the ASER report, said.
Another alarming trend that the report has revealed is the increased dropout rate among Class IX and X students. The report said 9.2% of children aged 15 and 16 are not in school. “The dropout rate among the older children has increased, “Lambey said. “A reason for this could be that the RTE calls for compulsory education only up to Class VIII. This shows a need for the RTE to be extended up to Class X. “ On the positive side, the Right to Education Act ensured improved infrastructure in schools. In the state, over 85% of the schools maintain the prescribed classroom-teacher ratio, 70.5% have drinking water facilities and 66.3% have usable toilets.
Pune, Kolhapur, Sindhudurg, Solapur and Raigad are some of the districts in Maharashtra that performed well was appraised in the survey.