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Only three percent children out of school: Survey - The Business

LAHORE: Punjab witnessed an improvement in learning and enrolment however 48 pc of children aged between 3-5 and 9pc of children aged between 6-16 years still remain out of school. In contrast, the survey in 7 urban centers across Punjab reveals that only 3% children are out of school, according to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2019 Punjab (rural) survey. These findings were made publicin the report of Pakistan’s largest annual citizen-led household based ASER Survey 2019 –the ninth ASER Survey report in a row launchedin Lahore on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. The report was released by Punjab Minister for School Education Dr Murad Rass here on Tuesday. Chairperson Standing Committee on Education Ayesha Nawaz, UNICEF's education specialist Rubina Nadeem, MPA Uzma Kardar, Quaid e Azam Academy Director General Amtul Qadoos, Additional Secretary Literacy Punjab Bashir Ahmed Goraiya, media experts and others participated in the event.
There was a unanimous consensus for urgent actions to be taken for a future based on an educated Pakistan to halt the protracted devaluing of its social capital.ASER is a flagship program of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) implemented in partnership with civil society organizations; 3,000 volunteer citizens visited 35 districts in 1,031 villages to implement the ASER survey from 20,677 households and 51,952 children aged between 3-16 years. For the year 2019, the ASER rural survey assessed 43,293 children of 5-16 year-age cohort in Language (Urdu), English, and Arithmetic competencies mapped to grade 2 curriculum and textbooks. In two districts, the survey was successfully conducted through androids, testing for at scale survey solutions that are paperless, efficient and transparent.
ASER Punjab rural results over the years highlight a decline in the number of children going to private sector schools; 28% children of age 6-16 are enrolled in private sector in 2019 compared to 37% in 2014. The shift to government/public sector schools has increased the enrolment share from 63% (2014) to 72% in 2019.
According to the rural report, student competencies in learning Language, English, and Arithmetic have improved: 75% of the children from Class V read Class II level story text in Urdu; in English, 71% of the surveyed Class V students could read sentences, meant for students at second grade. Arithmetic learning levels have also improved since 2018; now 82% of class V children could do a two-digit division, pegged at second grade curriculum. Overall, 85% of the children enrolled in grade 5 in all urban districts surveyed in Punjab can read a story in the local language, 84% can read sentences in English while 78% can do division.

Source: https://lahoremirror.com/9-kids-aged-between-6-16-still-out-of-school-in-punjab-aser-report/

   
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