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20% of RURAL STUDENTS LACK BOOKS’: ASER SURVEY

20% of RURAL STUDENTS LACK BOOKS’: ASER SURVEY

Context

According to the Annual State of Education Report (ASER) survey, about 20% of rural children have no textbooks at home.

Details about Survey

  • The phone-based survey, done in September, the sixth month of national school closures, shows a shift in enrollment from private to government schools — 69.55 per cent children in the 6-14 age group are enrolled in government schools, up from 66.42 per cent in 2018.
  • The survey shows the proportion of boys enrolled in government schools has risen from 62.8 per cent in 2018 to 66.4 per cent in 2020, while for girls, that number has gone up from 70 per cent to 73 per cent in the corresponding period.
  • ASER 2020 shows that 5.5 per cent children are not currently enrolled for the 2020-21 school year, up from 4 per cent in 2018. This difference is the sharpest among the youngest children (ages 6 to 10), possibly because they have not yet secured admission to school.
  • While 1.8 per cent children in this age group were not enrolled in 2018, that has spiked to 5.3 per cent.

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