Annual State of Education Report (ASER) 2012

Pratham’s Annual State of Education Report (aka ASER) for 2012 is out. You’ll find it here. Odds are you have an allergy towards massive PDF documents or you are the quintessential procrastinator. So what’s a man to do?

Well… you wait for the good Krupakar Manukonda to read the report and start tweeting. Update: he has started (bonus tweets on RTE) ! Here goes my manual Storify’ing of the same..

+1000. APT. RT @ Madhav Chavan @ RTE is right to schooling not right to learning and education #aser2012
Krupakar Manukonda

I think latter RT @ Learning levels started dropping in many states since RTE came into effect.Coincidence?Or causation ? #aser2012
Krupakar Manukonda

To clarify, I think RTE is making matters worse, but don’t have proof to substantiate… connecting dots vaguely..
Krupakar Manukonda

RT @ Dr Pallam Raju: if private schools are better and parents moving children to these, then so be it, we”ll match them #aser2012
Krupakar Manukonda

Thats the spirit Minister…. Reverse Migration is a challenge but you spend 3 lakh crores a year!!
Krupakar Manukonda

Hope is not a Policy. #GCPP RT @ Dr Pallam Raju : I hope next year’s report will be better #aser2012
Krupakar Manukonda

ASER 2012 report uploaded. The learning levels continue to decline and at an alarming pace.
Krupakar Manukonda

Did somebody say demographic ‘dividend’?

Only 20% of Std-5 can solve a 3 digit by 1 digit division. #ASER2012
Krupakar Manukonda

Depressing. Report projects 50% children to pay for their PRIMARY education. How Sad.
Krupakar Manukonda

Rajasthan & UP, proportion of out of school girls (age 11-14) hasincreased from 8.9% and 9.7% respectively in 2011 to more than 11% in 2012
Krupakar Manukonda

#ASER2012 Reading Skills. More than half of all children in Std. V areat least three grade levels behind where they should be.
Krupakar Manukonda

In 2010 – 46.3%, 2011- 51.8%, 2012 – 52.3% . Percentage of children in Std V who Could *NOT* read Std – 2 level text. #ASER2012
Krupakar Manukonda

#ASER2012. Only Govt Schools. % children in Std-V who cannot read Std-2 level text. 49.3% (2010) to 56.2% (2011) to58.3% (2012).
Krupakar Manukonda

Reading levels continue to decline in private schools too. Any indication that good teachers are not coming into teaching profession.
Krupakar Manukonda

Students in Std – 3 who could NOT read Class – I level text. 61.3% in 2012. Only Govt schools 67.7% #ASER2012
Krupakar Manukonda

Which means 61.3% students, after spending 3 years in school, did not learn anything. Which is really really scary.
Krupakar Manukonda

29.1% (2010), 39% (2011), 46.5% (2012)… Percentage of Children in Std – 5, who could NOT do a two digit subtraction.
Krupakar Manukonda

Now This…….. “Among all children enrolled in Std. VIII, 47% could read sentences. “
Krupakar Manukonda

45% of children in Std-V in rural India- receive some form of private input into their education,either in the form of schooling or tuition
Krupakar Manukonda

Now some good news…. But very important. Info on Toilets in schools. #ASER2012
Krupakar Manukonda

Schools with useable toilets has increased from 47.2% in 2010 to 56.5% in 2012. #ASER2012
Krupakar Manukonda

Schools without Toilets 12.2% in 2011 to 8.4% in 2012 . #ASER2012 ( a sample and not full population but still… )
Krupakar Manukonda

Approx 80% ofschools visited had separate provision for girls’ toilets. Of then 50% in usable condition. In 2010 it was 33 % #ASER2012
Krupakar Manukonda

The mid-day meal was observed being served in 87.1% schools that were visited. #ASER2012
Krupakar Manukonda


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  • Priya Kapoor

    Subject: Dainik Bhaskar National Education Summit, March 29, 2013
    (tentative) || New Delhi

    Bhaskar National Education Summit

    Ushering Transformative Practices in Education
    March 29, 2013
    (tentative) || New Delhi

    Dainik Bhaskar Group, the largest media
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    9:15 am onwards

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    10:00 – 11:15 am

    Inaugural Session

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    Welcome Address by Dainik Bhaskar

    Theme Presentation- ‘Imagining India –
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    Q&A and Interaction

    Session Changeover Without

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    Valedictory Session

    Valedictory Address-

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