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One in two Indian students can’t read books meant for three classes below: ASER

  • India continued to fare badly in the well-regarded Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) that measures overall learning level among Indian school students, highlighting the challenges in school education.
  • Overall learning level among Indian students is “pretty disappointing”.
  • That should worry policymakers in a country that boasts of near-universal enrolment in elementary schools (Class I-VIII), thanks to a successful law that makes education a fundamental right for all children in 6-14-years age group.
  • According to ASER 2016, the proportion of all children in Class V who can read a Class II level text (book) declined to 47.8% in 2016 from 48.1% in 2014.
  • Proportion of all Class VIII students in rural India who can divide a three-digit number by a single-digit one has dipped to 43.2% in 2016 from 44.2% in 2014.
  • While 32% of children in Class III could read simple English words, in Class V, only one out of every four students could read a English sentence.
  • In 2009, Right to Education, or RTE, Act was passed by Parliament.
  • India is close to schooling for all but our journey towards learning for all is yet to begin.
  • Bright spot: Nationally, the proportion of school students in Class III who are able to read a book meant for Class I has improved from 40.2% in 2014 to 42.5% in 2016.
  • Similarly, in arithmetic there is a slight improvement again in Class III. In 2016, 27.7% of all Class III children could do a two digit subtraction as against 24.4% in 2014.