The ASER Report 2022 released recently revealed that almost all (98.4%) students in the age bracket of 6-14 years are now enrolled in schools.

 

About ASER Survey

  • It is a citizen-led household survey that provides estimates of the enrolment status of children aged 3-16 and the basic reading and arithmetic levels of children aged 5-16 at the national, state and district level.
  • ASER is published by NGO Pratham, and the survey has been conducted every year since 2005.
  • The survey reaches children in the age group of 3-16 in almost all rural districts of India.
  • It uses household rather than school-based sampling.

 

Highlights of ASER 2022

  • In ASER 2022 Survey, 7 lakh candidates from 19,060 schools in 616 districts were surveyed to calculate the learning outcomes post-pandemic on school children.
  • Enrolment has gone from 97.2 per cent in 2018 to 98.4 per cent in 2022.
  • As many as 72.9 per cent of the surveyed students go to government schools.
  • In only three states, the number of girls not going to school is above 10% – Madhya Pradesh (17%), Uttar Pradesh (15%), and Chhattisgarh (11.2%).
  • Nationally, children’s basic reading ability has dropped to pre-2012 levels, reversing the slow improvement achieved in the intervening years.
  • In both government and private schools, only 20.5% students of Class 3 can read, compared to 27.3% in 2018.
  • The proportion of Class 5 students who can read has dropped to 42.8% in 2022, compared to 50.5% in 2018.