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Punjab records 3pc increase in enrolment in 2016-18

LAHORE: Around 89 per cent of children in Punjab between six and 16 years of age are now enrolled in schools, as compared to 86pc in 2016, according to the eighth Annual Status of Education Report (Aser) report 2018, which was launched on Monday.

The report suggests promising trends in terms of access and quality. Around 3,000 volunteers and citizens, who were trained as enumerators, visited the 36 districts of the province, including 1,070 villages. They gathered information from 21,370 households and 57,349 children between the ages of three and 16 years.

For 2018, the Aser rural survey assessed 45,498 children between five and 16 years of age on Urdu and English languages, and arithmetic competencies. The report aims to examine what has been achieved, especially since 2010, when Article 25-A was introduced, making education a fundamental right for children aged between five and 16 years. It also tracks progress of SDG 4 measuring learning outcomes at the lower primary level.

The report was released by chief guest Muhammad Mahmood, the schools education secretary. Representatives from the Punjab Education Foundation, Punjab Engineering Council, universities and civil society organisations were also present.

Govt schools show improvement in provision of basic facilities

The report advocates that the narrative on education must change dramatically under the current democratic dispensation.

Mr Mahmood said that Aser had always been consistent in providing data on education. “In the last few years, the focus of the government has been access over quality,” he said. “Now, the government is constructing its programmes and paradigm around learning. Our policy includes curriculum training and assessment.”

Ms Shahida, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) education officer, said that collecting information was not easy. Unicef had also been conducting a large-scale assessment and the findings were not different from Aser’s.

Aasiya Khurram Agha, adviser to the education minister, said that the ministry was committed to working towards improving the quality of education, as some of the trends were a cause for concern.

Findings of the report on ‘access’ stated that proportion of out-of-school children decreased to 11pc in 2018 as compared to 2016 (14pc); Punjab has recorded an overall 3pc increase in enrollment. Compared to the national gender gap in out-of-school children – more girls out of school than boys, the ratio in Punjab is 5.5pc for each gender.

Overall, government schools have witnessed a surge of 8pc (62pc) in enrolment for early childhood education, whereas private sector holds 38pc of total enrolment.

The survey also highlights that overall in Punjab girls are on a par with boys in terms of literacy and numeracy; however the numbers vary by districts. Rural girls’ enrollment has been increasing since 2014, from 41pc to 43pc in government schools and from 42pc to 44pc in 2018 in private schools.

This year, the percentage of mothers completing primary education has gone up to 49pc.

According to the report, the government sector shows improvement in school facilities with a progressive improvement in private schools. At least 94pc of government primary schools had boundary walls and 93pc private ones. Functional toilets were available in 98pc public and 94pc private primary schools in rural Punjab. Furthermore, 95pc of all surveyed government primary schools in Punjab and 94pc of private primary schools had useable water facility.

Meanwhile, funds/grants to government schools declined since 2016: 50pc public primary, 43pc public middle and 48pc public high schools received grants in 2018, while the numbers in 2016 were about 70pc, 73pc and 67pc, respectively.

Regarding digital literacy, presence of solar panels in households and schools, 78pc of households across all rural districts of Punjab have mobile phones, 49pc use Whatsapp and 70pc text messages for communication, revealing higher trends than 2016. Across rural Punjab, 18pc of households use solar panels as an alternate energy source.

There are impressive gains in urban areas also. In Punjab, according to the 2017 census, urban areas comprise 37pc of the population as compared to 63pc in rural. The urban data for 2018 has been collected from 5,034 households, 13,234 children aged three to 16 years.

Aser is managed by Idara-i-Taleem-o-Agahi (ITA) in partnership with nine key civil society and partner bodies.

Published in Dawn, March 19th, 2019

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1470426/punjab-records-3pc-increase-in-enrolment-in-2016-18

 

 

 

89pc children aged 6-16 in Punjab enrolled in schools - The News International

LAHORE: The eighth (Annual Status of Education Report) ASER Survey Punjab report was launched on Monday which shows promising trends in terms of access and quality as 89pc children aged 6-16 are enrolled in schools as compared to 86pc in 2016.

The report also shows funds/grants for government schools has declined as compared to 2016, 50pc public primary, 43pc public middle and 48pc public high schools which received grants in 2018, compared to 70pc, 73pc, and 67pc in 2016 respectively.

The ASER Survey 2018 also highlights as per past trends that children enrolled in private schools are performing better compared to those studying in government schools. About 72pc children enrolled in Class-V in private schools were able to read a story in Urdu compared to 68pc Class V students studying at government schools.

These findings were made public in the report launched at Punjab University’s Institute of Education & Research (IER) which was attended by Secretary School Department Punjab Muhammad Mahmood, HRCP General Secretary I.A. Rehman, Baela Raza Jamil, CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and people from different walks of life.

ASER is managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in partnership with nine civil society and partner bodies including the DCHD, CRDO, CMDO, Development Alternatives, Hamza Development Foundation, Society for Human Development, EHED Foundation etc.

As 3,000 educated volunteer/citizens trained as enumerators visited 36 districts, in 1,070 villages have based the ASER survey findings on the information gathered from 21,370 households and 57,349 children of age 3-16 years. For the year 2018, the ASER rural survey assessed 45,498 children of 5-16 year age cohort in Language (Urdu), English, and Arithmetic competencies.

According to the report, proportion of out-of-school children has decreased compared to 2016 (14pc). In 2018, 11pc of children were reported to be out-of-school. Punjab has recorded overall a 3pc increase in enrolment. Nationally, the gender gap persists in out-of-school children with more girls than boys not being enrolled or dropped out of school.

However in Punjab, the percentage of girls who are out of school is the same as percentage of boys. In ASER 2018 amongst the 11pc out-of-school children (age 6-16 years), 5.5pc are girls and 5.5pc are boys. This gap has narrowed as compared to ASER 2016 (6pc males and 7pc females). Early Childhood Education (ECE) has also been tracked by ASER. From 2014 when ECE enrolment was recorded at 55pc, it declined to 52pc in 2015 and 51pc in 2016 rising to 52pc in 2018 again in rural Punjab. Overall, government schools have witnessed a surge of 8pc (62pc) in enrolment for ECE, whereas private sector holds 38pc of total enrolment. The foundational learning stage for lifelong learning needs urgent attention and resources for implementation.

Learning in ASER 2018 reveals better trends in improved student competencies in Language, English and Arithmetic. 69pc class 5 children could read a class 2 level story in Urdu compared to 65pc in 2016.

In English, 65pc class 5 children could read sentences (class 2 level) compared to 57pc in 2016. For Arithmetic, 60pc class 5 children could do two-digit division in 2018. As compared to other provinces, Punjab along with AJK and ICT has demonstrated the best results in terms of assessment. The ASER Survey 2018 highlights as per past trends that children enrolled in private schools are performing better compared to those studying in government schools. About 72pc children enrolled in Class-V in private schools were able to read a story in Urdu compared to 68pc Class V students studying at government schools. The difference in learning levels for English are also the same as Urdu, where 68pc Grade V could read English Class II level sentences compared to 64pc public sector students! For arithmetic 66pc children enrolled in class V and going to private school can do 2-digit division as compared to 59pc government school children enrolled in class V.

Girls at par with boys: The survey highlights that in Punjab, girls are at par with boys in literacy and numeracy skills. About 57pc of girls were found able to read at least sentences in Urdu as compared to 57pc boys. For Arithmetic, 47pc of Class V girls were able to do Class II level subtraction as compared to 47pc Class V boys. For enrolment, overall girls' enrolment (rural) has been increasing since 2014, from 41pc to 43pc in government schools and from 42pc to 44pc in 2018 in private schools. If given attention, this increase in enrolment can also lead towards an increase in learning for girls- the two can reinforce one another. The ASER survey also collected information on parental education.

Mothers’ Education: This year, the percentage of mothers’ having completed primary education has gone up (49pc) as compared to 2016 (44pc). The trends in multi-grade teaching across schools are also mixed. ASER 2018 Punjab rural findings have found 30pc of government and 21pc of private schools imparting multi-grade teaching at Class II level; whilst at the Class VIII level, multi-grade teaching is more prevalent in the private sector 11% vs. 4% in government schools.

Government sector reports better school facilities but with progressive improvement in private schools: 94pc government primary schools had boundary-walls as compared to 93pc in private primary schools. With regard to availability of functional toilets, overall the facility was available in 98pc public and 94pc private primary schools (Punjab rural). Overall, Punjab was found as one of the highest percentage of government primary schools with useable water. About 95pc of all surveyed government primary schools in Punjab while 94pc of all surveyed private primary schools in Punjab had useable water facility.

Source: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/445982-89pc-children-aged-6-16-in-punjab-enrolled-in-schools

 

 

89% of children enrolled in schools: report - The Express Tribune

Around 89% of children between the ages of six and 16 are enrolled in schools. These findings were made public by the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018 on Monday.

The report was released by Schools Education Department Secretary Muhammad Mahmood. ASER is managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, in partnership with nine key civil society and partner bodies. Approximately 3,000 volunteers visited 1,070 villages all 36 districts and gathered data from 21,370 households and 57,349 children.

The ASER survey assessed 45,498 children between five and 16 on Urdu, English and arithmetic.

The report aims to inform and address challenges related to Article 25 of the Constitution which makes education a fundamental right of all children. The report also aims to track progress in achieving the United Nation’s sustainable development goals by measuring learning outcomes at a lower primary level.

The report pushes for a future based on an educated Pakistan as opposed to one where learning is marginalised and social capital is undervalued. ASER asserts that the narrative on education must change dramatically.

The report highlighted that the percentage of out-of-school children has decreased from 14% to 11% since 2006. Punjab has also reported a three percent increase in enrolment. Nationally, there are a larger number of girls who are not enrolled or have dropped out of school. However, in Punjab the percentage of girls is the same as the boys.

Out of the 11% of out-of-school children between the ages of six and 16, 5.5% are girls and 5.5% are boys. In 2016, early childhood education enrolment was reported as being 51%. In 2918, it rose to 58%. Overall, government schools in the province have witnessed a surge of 8% in early childhood education enrolment.

The survey also highlights that girls are at par with boys regarding literacy. Further, girls’ enrolment increased from 41% in 2014 to 43% in 2018 at government schools and 42% in 2014 and 44% in 2018 at private schools.

Source: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1932472/1-89-children-enrolled-schools-report/

 

ASER 2018-Report shows positive trends in education - Daily Times

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018 report shows promising trends in terms of access and quality as 89% children aged 6-16 are enrolled in schools as compared to 86% in 2016. These findings were made public in the report of Pakistan’s largest-annual citizen-led household based ASER Survey 2018 – the eighth ASER Survey Punjab report– launched in Lahore on Monday. ASER is managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in partnership with nine key civil society and partner bodies. As many as 3,000 educated volunteers/citizens trained as enumerators visited 36 districts in 1,070 villages based the ASER survey findings on the information gathered from 21,370 households and 57,349 children of age 3-16. For the year 2018, the ASER rural survey assessed 45,498 children of 5-16 age cohort in Language-Urdu, English- and Arithmetic competencies.

The report aims to inform about progress and continued challenges with respect to Article 25-A of the constitution making education a fundamental right for 5-16 years old children since 2010. It also ensures tracking progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and measuring learning outcomes at the lower primary level. Released by Secretary Schools Education Muhmmad Mahmood, and representatives from PEF, PEC, universities and civil society organizations, ASER 2018 report pushes forward for a future based on an educated Pakistan as opposed to one that marginalises learning and undervalues social capital.

The report says that proportion of out-of-school children has decreased compared to 2016 (14%). In 2018, 11% of children were reported to be out-of-school.  This is good news as the SDG’s fourth goal targets have been fully endorsed by the Government of Pakistan and its provinces/areas are aligning their sector plans to the promise made both for SDG 4 (12 years of schooling) and Article 25-A (the right to education of 5-16 year old). Punjab has recorded an overall 3% increase in enrolment. Nationally, the gender gap persists in out-of-school children with more girls than boys not being enrolled or dropped out of school. However in Punjab, the percentage of girls who are out of school is the same as percentage of boys. As per ASER 2018, amongst the 11% out-of- school children (age 6-16 years), 5.5% are girls and 5.5% are boys.

"The report says that proportion of out-of-school children has decreased from 14% in 2016 to 11% in 2018"

The Early Childhood Education has also been historically tracked by ASER. From 2014 when ECE enrolment was recorded at 55%, it declined to 52% in 2015 and 51% in 2016 rising to 52% in 2018 again especially in rural Punjab.

The ASER Survey 2018 highlights as per past trends that children enrolled in private schools are performing better compared to those studying in government schools. 72% children enrolled in Class-V in private schools were able to read a story in Urdu compared to 68% Class V students at government schools. The difference in learning levels for English are also the same as Urdu, where 68% Grade V could read English Class II level sentences compared to 64% public sector students.

The survey highlights that in Punjab, girls are at par with boys in literacy and numeracy skills. At par with boys, as many as 57% of girls could read sentences in Urdu. Similarly, for Arithmetics, 47% of Class V girls were able to do Class II level subtraction as compared to 47% Class V boys. For enrolment, overall girls’ enrolment (rural) has been increasing since 2014, from 41% to 43% in government schools and from 42% to 44% in 2018 in private schools. If given attention, this increase in enrolment can also lead towards an increase in learning for girls- the two can reinforce one another. The foundational stage needs urgent attention and resources for implementation of lifelong learning.

Source: https://dailytimes.com.pk/366770/aser-2018-report-shows-positive-trends-in-education/

 

 

 

 

School enrollment increases ‘considerably’ - The Nation

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018 report shows promising trends in terms of access and quality, 89% children aged 6-16 are enrolled in schools as compared to 86% in 2016

Source: https://docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=https://thebusiness.com.pk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2-Lhr-4.pdf&hl=en

89pc schoolchildren enrolled in 2018: ASER report - The Business

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018 report shows promising trends in terms of access and quality, 89% children aged 6-16 are enrolled in schools as compared to 86% in 2016

Source: https://docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=https://thebusiness.com.pk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2-Lhr-4.pdf&hl=en

پانچویں کے 30 فیصد بچے دوسری جماعت کی اردو انگریزی پڑھنے سے قاصر روز نامہ دُنیا

ایک سال میں 11 فیصد بچے سکول چھوڑ گئے، 5 فیصد سکولوں میں پینے کا پانی نہیں، پرائمری پاس مائیں 49 فیصد، سروے

Resource: https://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2019-03-19&edition=LHR&id=4498798_63152784

سرکاری سکولوں کے طلباء میں اردو انگریزی پڑھنے کی صلاحیت کم روزنامہ خبریں

پرائیویٹ سکولوں کے 68 فیصد پانچویں جماعت کے طلباء انگریزی کے جملے کو بہتر طور پر پڑھ سکتے ہیں

 

Resource: http://epaper.dailykhabrain.com.pk/popup.php?newssrc=issues/2019-03-19/81741/sirki.jpg

تعلیمی اداروں میں سہولیات نایاب سال بھر میں 11 فیصد بچے سکول سے غائب ، رپورٹ روز نامہ اوصاف

5 فیصد سرکاری سکولوں میں پینے کے پانی کی سہولت نہیں ، سرکاری سکول 2 جبکہ نجی سکول 6 فیصد واش روم کی سہولت سے محروم

Source: https://www.dailyausaf.com/epaper/page?station_id=2&date=2019-03-19&page_id=76925

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