According to the 14th Annual Status of Educational Report, 2019 ‘Early Years’ conducted in Kamrup (rural), 47% class I students from the district cannot even read letters
Guwahati: The 14th Annual Status of Educational Report (ASER 2019 'Early Years') released recently has raised several questions on the quality of education in Kamrup (rural) district of Assam.
The report revealed that 47% class I students from the district cannot even read letters. While 18.1% can read letters but not words or higher, 18.1% can read words but not a standard I level text or higher, and 16.9% can read a standard I level text or more.
In Assam, ASER 2019 survey reached a total of 60 villages, 1,212 households, and 1,308 children in the age group four to eight. Sampled children's pre-school and school enrollment status was recorded.
In 2017, ASER 'Beyond Basics' focused on the abilities, experiences, and aspirations of youth in the 14-18 age group. In 2019, ASER attempted to shine the spotlight on the early years, reporting on the schooling status as well as on a range of important developmental indicators for young children in the age group four-eight.
The data was presented in three sub-sections: pre-school and school enrollment; early learning tasks; and children in early primary grades.
Of all four-year-olds, 71.9% could do a sorting task, 57.4% could do a spatial awareness task, and 53.8 per cent could do a seriation task.
In cognitive and early language tasks, 73% of the students in Standard I could do a seriation task, 62.8% could do a pattern recognition task.
However, 33.6% students in Standard I from the district could not even recognise numbers up to 9. 42.6% could recognise numbers up to 9 but could not recognise numbers up to 99, and 23.9% can recognise numbers up to 99.
Among children in Standard I, 43.3% can do a one-digit oral word addition problem, 35.6% can do a one-digit oral word subtraction problem, 47.6% can do a one-digit relative comparison task.
On the enrollment front, of all four-year-olds, 9.2% children were not enrolled anywhere, 81.9% enrolled in a pre-primary class, 7.4% enrolled in Standard I, and 1.6 per cent enrolled in Standard II or above.