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Enrollment levels highest in a decade, sharp drop in reading ability of children - ASER 2022 report

-   Annual Status of Education Report, 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in some of the longest school lockdowns in the world in India. How has it affected learning and literacy? The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2022 reveals a mixed bag of results. Here are the most important findings: * Enrollment levels have reached the highest level since the implementation of the Right to Education Act was implemented in 2009....

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Teacher shortage in Jharkhand schools, most pupils have forgotten how to read and write, post-Covid survey shows

Jharkhand's government schools have a massive teacher shortage, a survey by Gyan Vigyan Samiti Jharkhand has found. The survey was conducted in 138 primary and upper primary schools between September and October 2022 to assess their condition after the Covid-19 pandemic. Jharkhand's school system was shut for two years, among the longest in the world. Teachers told the surveyors they felt that most students had forgotten how to read and...

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Reality is stranger than the fad for online education -- most schools lack IT-infrastructure

Online teaching was perhaps the most preferred mode (of the policymakers) for imparting education to school children in the last two years when schools faced closures thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was promoted by both the Central and State Governments when mobility almost came to a standstill (or got restricted in comparison to normal times) during the last two years. However, various studies (a list of those studies is...

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Budget 2016: In the right direction -S Mahendra Dev

-The Indian Express Budget 2016 has a greater focus on the rural and social sectors. But the challenge will lie in improving delivery systems. Indian agriculture as well as the rural sector have been in distress in the last two years due to deficit rainfall and the decline in global commodity prices. The rural non-agriculture sector, too, has been under stress due to the lack of demand for manufacturing and services. It...

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KEY TRENDS   • At the national level, the proportion of government schools having facilities like drinking water was 96.39 percent, boys' toilet was 94.64 percent, girls' toilet was 97.03 percent, boundary wall was 60.12 percent, playground was 56.98 percent, ramp was 71.50 percent, CWSN toilet was 19.59 percent, electricity was 56.45 percent and library was 79.36 percent, according to the Unified District Information System For Education (UDISE) 2017-18 (Provisional) *12   • ASER 2019 ‘Early Years’ data shows a clear...

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