ASER for NE schools released

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<![CDATA[IMPHAL, February 19: The Annual Status Education Report, ASER, 2013 for North East India was released today by professor N Mohendro Singh former member Steering Committee, NER Vision 2020 at the Manipur Press Club.

Speaking at the function, the former Economics professor, Manipur University slammed the state government for its failure to implement any policy of the primary level.

A firm policy with a realistic ideal is very much needed now, he said before suggesting that the policy should be related to our culture and social realities, he added.

The government has no proper documentation of the education sector, he said before lamenting that without proper documentation, no planning will succeed.

The talented students are products of the past civilisation and not of the present development, he asserted.

And at present they need proper and mature direction, he continued.

The primary education sector is a total failure at present and the society is heading towards a directionless future, he commented.

The state government has never discussed the Annual Status Education Report in the state assembly till date, while the Parliament has already discussed the reports 15 times, he said.

The ASER report is an annual household survey facilitated by ASER teams in each rural district and conducted by local institutions or organisations.

According to the ninth Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2013, Manipur has the highest number of private school enrolment in the country.tnbsp; The enrolment of the private school has increased to 70.5percent in 2013 from 67.2 percent in 2012.

According to the report the enrolment in the 6-14 age groups continues to be very high, with 98.5 percent enrolment against the all India average of 96 percent.

The proportion of out of school girls in the 11 to 14 age group has declined since last year, it said.

Further according to the report, teacher attendance in primary schools showed a decrease from 78.5percent in 2011 to 71.9percent in 2013 but student attendance has seen a slight increase both in primary and upper primary level.

The proportion of schools that comply with RTE pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) norms has increased every year from 74.3% in 2010 to 91.0% in 2013, according to the report.

The percentage of schools with no drinking water facility has declined from 84.6 percent in 2010 to 79.9 percent in 2013 which is much higher than India average of a mere 17 percent in 2010 to 15.2 percent in 2013. Schools with usable toilets are only 47.9 percent, the report said.

The survey was conducted in random at 189 schools in the rural areas of the state.

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