The reading proficiency of Rajasthan rural children has considerably decreased, according to ASER 2022 findings

The reading proficiency of Rajasthan rural children has considerably decreased, according to ASER 2022 findings

The research demonstrates how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted children's learning abilities


According to the most recent Annual Status of Education Report (ASER Rural), 2022, children's fundamental reading skills in rural Rajasthan have deteriorated to levels from before 2012. In Rajasthan, where ASER surveyed 19,655 households and 41,294 students in the class 3 age range across 990 villages of the state's 33 districts, the proportion of students in public or private schools who can read at the Class 2 level text decreased from 20.4 percent in 2018 to 14.2 percent in 2022.

It decreased from 49.1% in 2018 to 38.2% in 2022 for students in class 5 in public or private schools in the state who can at least read a class 2 level material. Although there are declines in basic reading comprehension among children in classes 3 and 5, they are less compared than trends seen in classes 3 and 5. At class 8 in public or private schools in the state, 71.6% of students can read at least basic text by 2022. 

For the majority of grades, these two have fallen short of their 2018 standards in fundamental arithmetic. In Rajasthan, the proportion of third-grade children who can at least do subtraction decreased from 17.4 percent in 2018 to 11.8 percent in 2022.

In addition to this, ASER evaluated young people's English proficiency in 2016. In Rajasthan, the percentage of class 5 students who can read basic English phrases has decreased from 20.2 percent in 2016 to 10.0 percent in 2022, remaining less than half the 2016 level.

Other statistics show that, despite the pandemic-related closures of schools, total enrolment rates for students aged 6 to 14 have grown from 98.1 percent in 2022. Typically, the report survey is conducted every two years. The learning results from a pre-pandemic year (2018) are being compared for the first time this year with how students performed following the two years of significant Covid-19-related disruptions, which forced schooling to move online and become inaccessible to many with poor financial means. 

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