SCHOOL survey on Education
GS Paper - 2 (Education)
There have been "catastrophic consequences" of the prolonged school closure in the country due to Covid-19, with over 37 per cent of students in rural areas not studying at all and 48 per cent not being able to read more than a few words, a recent survey has claimed. The School Children's Online and Offline Learning (SCHOOL) survey, titled "Locked Out: Emergency Report on School Education" was conducted in August and was released.
- The School Children's Online and Offline Learning (SCHOOL) survey, titled "Locked Out: Emergency Report on School Education", involving nearly 1,400 students from underprivileged households was conducted in August in 15 states and union territories. It was released on 6 September 2021.
- In rural areas, only 28 per cent of children were studying regularly at the time of the survey, and 37 per cent were not studying at all.
- The results of a simple reading test are particularly alarming: nearly half of all children in the sample were unable to read more than a few words.
- The corresponding figures for students studying regularly, not studying at all, and unable to read more than a few words in urban areas were 47 per cent, 19 per cent and 42 per cent, respectively.
- The main findings of the SCHOOL survey are focused on the relatively deprived hamlets where children generally attend government schools.
- As per the report, the proportion of children who were studying online regularly was just 24 per cent and eight per cent in urban and rural areas, respectively.
- Lack of money, poor connectivity, or no access to smartphones were some of the reasons behind the "very limited" reach of online education among sampled students, the survey noted.
- The survey was conducted in 15 states and union territories - including Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.