It is a survey that 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.
It is a nationwide survey of rural education and learning outcomes in terms of reading and arithmetic skills. A NGO Pratham has been conducting this survey for the past 15 years, this year they conducted it via phone calls.
What were the main findings of the survey?
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 that the survey was conducted, about one in three rural children had done no learning activity at all.
About two in three children 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.
The proportion of boys enrolled in government schools rose from 62.8% in 2018 to 66.4% in 2020.
Data also showed that at 50.6%, teachers who taught between Grades III to V were the best trained and most of them were in possession of phone numbers of at least 50% of their students.
So, Covid 19 has largely affected the enrolment ratio and due to drainage of their savings the rural masses are shifting towards the Government School, this gives the Government schools and Government School teachers to mend their ruptured image and prove that the decision that the masses took isn't regretted.
This article has been written by Yashovardhan Tiwary for The Paradigm
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