ASER-2018 paints grim picture of learning in JK’s schools

The Annual Status of Education Report for 2018 has once again painted a grim picture of educational standards in government-run schools of Jammu and Kashmir.
ASER-2018 paints grim picture of learning in JK’s schools
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The Annual Status of Education Report for 2018 has once again painted a grim picture of educational standards in government-run schools of Jammu and Kashmir.

The ASER is a survey of children's schooling status and their ability to do basic reading and arithmetic tasks conducted in their homes. The assessment is done of children in the age group 5-16 years in 19 languages across India.

According to the report released Tuesday in New Delhi, students from 3rd primary to 8th standard in government as well as private schools have performed poorly during the academic analysis carried out by the ASER team.

The students were analysed on certain academic indicators determined by the ASER team by visiting their schools across the state, revealing that primary and middle grade students have failed to improve their performance over the years.

Out of all the students assessed in the ASER report, Greater Kashmir picked up the performance of 3rd primary students in learning ability and in arithmetic questions.

The ASER report states 3.2 percent children in 3rd primary were not in position to even read letters of alphabet, 19.8 percent can read letters but can't recognise words.

Those students of 3rd primary who can read words but can't read the text prescribed in syllabi of 1st or 2nd primary amount to 34.3 percent. While 20.5 percent students were able to read 1st primary level text but were not capable of reading text from the 2nd primary text books.

Only 22.3 percent students of 3rd primary were able to read class 2nd primary text books, the ASER report states.

Besides the reading ability, the students have also shown poor performance in arithmetic assessment in primary grades.

The report also finds that 2.3 percent in 3rd primary were not able to recognise number 1-9, and 16.3 percent could not recognise numbers up to 99 or higher. 

The ASER assessment says 45.2 percent students were not able to do subtraction while as 30.2 percent in 3rd primary couldn't do division of numbers.

Besides academics, the annual report has also assessed availability of basic facilities in schools and found 15.12 percent schools without any provision for drinking water facility, while 10.4 percent schools don't use toilets despite provision for such facility.

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