ASER 2021 Report

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18 November 2021 Current Affairs:Pratham Foundation issued the 16th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2021 (Rural) on November 17, 2021.

♦ ASER publishes a report on the schooling level of children aged 5 to 16 in rural India, including their ability to do basic reading and arithmetic activities.
♦ Because outdoor surveys were not possible owing to the covid-19 outbreak, ASER used a phone-based survey approach this year.
♦ The survey took place in September and October of 2021.
♦ It aims to discover how children aged 5 to 16 studied at home since the outbreak of the covid-19 epidemic, as well as the issues that schools and households are currently facing in the context of school openings.

Findings Of The Report
♦ According to the research, the proportion of pupils enrolled in government schools increased overall between 2018 and 2020. 
♦ The percentage of students enrolled grew from 64.3 percent to 65.8%. However, by 2021, enrolment had risen to 70.3 percent.
♦ In comparison to previous years, the number of students enrolled in private schools has declined. The enrollment rate was 28.8% in 2020, but it dropped to 24.4 percent in 2021.
♦ 73.1 percent of school responders in 2021 got instruction on how to use Covid-19 preventive measures.
♦ Despite the fact that smartphone availability climbed to 67.6% in 2021 from 36.5 percent in 2018, 79 percent of students at private schools had a smartphone at home, compared to 63.7 percent of children in government schools.
♦ During the shutdown of their schools, the number of school-aged children paying tuition surged by 40%.
♦ Financial difficulty caused by the covid-19 epidemic was identified by 52 percent of respondents as the reason for an increase in enrolment in government schools.

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