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Annual State of Education Report (ASER) survey

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Annual State of Education Report (ASER) survey:


Findings of the Annual State of Education Report (ASER) survey conducted in September.

  • The survey provides a glimpse into the levels of learning loss that students in rural India are suffering, with varying levels of access to technology, school and family resources, resulting in a digital divide in education.

About ASER:

ASER is a nationwide survey of rural education and learning outcomes in terms of reading and arithmetic skills.

  • It has been conducted by the NGO Pratham for the last 15 years. This year, the survey was conducted via phone calls.

Key findings- impact of Covid- 19 Pandemic:

  • About 20% of rural children have no textbooks at home. In Andhra Pradesh, less than 35% of children had textbooks. More than 98% had textbooks in West Bengal, Nagaland and Assam.
  • In the week of the survey, about one in three rural children had done no learning activity at all.
  • About two in three had no learning material or activity given by their school that week, and only one in 10 had access to live online classes.
  • 3% of rural children aged 6-10 years had not yet enrolled in school this year, in comparison to just 1.8% in 2018.
  • Enrolment patterns also show a slight shift toward government schools, with private schools seeing a drop in enrolment in all age groups.


Prelims Link:

  1. What is ASER?
  2. ASER surveys are conducted by?

Mains Link:

How Covid 19 Pandemic has affected rural education? Discuss in the light of latest ASER survey report.

Sources: the Hindu.