The Annual Status of Education Report, ASER 2010 was released in New Delhi on Friday by the Honourable Vice President of India, Shri Hamid Ansari. After releasing the report, Shri Ansari spoke on the status of education in India.
Dr. Madhav Chavan, CEO Pratham Education Foundation, Dr. Rukmini Banerji, Director ASER Centre, Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Pratham Education Foundation, Dr. Surjit Bhalla, Dr. Yogendra Yadav and Dr. Dhir Jhingran were the other speakers on the occasion.
Conducted every year since 2005, ASER is the largest annual survey of children in rural India. Facilitated by Pratham, ASER is conducted each year by local organizations and concerned citizens. In 2010, ASER reached 522 districts, over 14,000 villages, 3,00,000 households and almost 7,00,000 children.
Every year, ASER finds out whether children in rural India go to school, how well they can read in their own language and whether they can do basic arithmetic. ASER 2010 also included a visit to over 13,000 government schools to assess compliance with those norms and standards specified in the Right to Education Act that are easy to measure.
Key findings of Annual Status of Education Report 2010:
In 2010, ASER found that 96.5% of children in the 6 to 14 age group in rural India are enrolled in school. While 71.1% of these children are enrolled in government schools, 24.3 % are enrolled in private schools.
Out of school girls in Rural India:
5.9% of girls in the 11-14 age group are still out of school. However, this percentage has gone down as compared to 6.8% in 2009. In states like Rajasthan (12.1%) and Uttar Pradesh (9.7%), this percentage remains high and shows little change since 2009.
Noteworthy in this regard is the performance of Bihar where the percentage of out of school girls and boys in all age groups has been declining steadily since 2005. In 2006, 12.3% of boys and 17.6% girls were out of school in the 11-14 age group. By 2010, these numbers had declined to 4.4% for boys and 4.6% for girls, showing very little difference by gender.
Rise in private school enrolment:
Enrollment in private schools in rural India increased from 21.8% in 2009 to 24.3% in 2010. This number has risen steadily since 2005 when it was 16.3% nationally.
Between 2009 and 2010, the southern states have shown a substantial increase in private school enrollments. The percentage of children in private school increased from 29.7% to 36.1% in Andhra Pradesh, from 19.7% to 25.1% in Tamil Nadu, from 16.8% to 20% in Karnataka and from 51.5% to 54.2% in Kerala.
Among other states, Punjab showed an increase from 30.5% to 38%. However, this proportion remains low in Bihar (5.2%), West Bengal (5.9%), Jharkhand (8.8%), Orissa (5.4%) and Tripura (2.8%).
For The Rest of the Key Findings download the Press Release from ASER here.
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Given below is the provisional ASER 2010 report based on data received from states and districts by January 2, 2011. The final ASER 2010 report will be available on the website www.asercentre.org on March 1, 2011.
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ASER 2010 Report (Provisional – 268 Pages – 15 MB )