Recently 9th Annual Survey Education Report report conducted by Pratham has been released. It has several important and interesting findings. SRRF Dialogue would undertake a series of releases on the important findings of the report.
First the good news:
Over 96% children have been enrolled in schools in the age group of 6-14. This result is consistent for last several year reports, indicating a major achievement under RTE of getting the Children to schools.
Infrastructure in schools has improved significantly over the years.
– 87% provide mid-day meal
– 76.3% schools have office-cum-store
– 73% have drinking water
– 62% offer a playground
– 62% have a useable toilet (from 47% in 2010)
– 53% provide girl students a separate useable and unlocked toilet (from 33% in 2010)
– 56% are protected by a boundary wall
On the quality aspect, while there are plenty of bad news, again first the good news. Pupil Teacher Ratio (30:1) has improved from 38.9% schools meeting this norm in 2010 to 45% in 2013.
Bad news is that there is decline in almost all learning standards from reading to simple arithmetic.
Only 47% children of V standard could read books of II standard. This has consistently declined from 53% in 2009. In Govt schools only 41% could read (a decline from over 50% in 2009).
Only 19% students of class III could subtract (from 36.5% in 2009). In private schools this test could be done by almost 50% student though there too some decline has taken place but it less steep. (from 44.6% in 2009).
In govt schools only 21% could divide (from 36% in 2009). While combined private and Govt schools around 26% could divide (from 38% in 2009).
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