Annual education report reveals increased enrollment in schools post-pandemic but shows a learning gap

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2022, published by the NGO Pratham on Wednesday, found that while student enrollment increased to levels above pre-pandemic levels as schools reopened after nearly two years of closure due to COVID-19, the learning gap widened for foundational skills in reading and arithmetic, reversing several years of improvement, The Hindu reported.

The nationwide analysis reveals that despite the pandemic-related closure of schools, the overall enrolment rates for students aged 6 to 14 years, which have been over 95% for the preceding 15 years, climbed from 97.2% in 2018 to 98.4% in 2022.

ASER is a household survey that is carried out in 616 rural districts and includes 6.9 lakh children between the ages of 3 and 16 in order to track their educational level and evaluate their fundamental reading and arithmetic abilities.
The report, which was released after four years, details the effects of school closings in 2020 and 2021 as well as how many students returned to school in 2022.

Source: The Hindu

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