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The Annual Status of Education Report (2018) published this month proved that when it comes to education, Kerala is doing really good. The study covered 596 districts, 17,730 villages, 354,944 households and 546,527 children who are aged between three to 16.
The study, which covered government schools across the country, said that coming to attendance in government schools’ primary sections, Kerala comes second behind Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Since 2014 in Kerala, there has been no enrollment in private schools overall. The report further says that government schools in Assam and Kerala have pre-primary classes.
An interesting fact that the report has revealed about students studying in these government schools is their mathematical capabilities. In the list of states where class III students are at least able to do subtraction, Kerala stands first with 44.7 per cent, reported The New Indian Express.
The report said that since 2016, government schools have seen a gradual rise in learning levels, and has come as a great motivation to government-launched General Education Protection Mission. Coming to reading and arithmetic, ASER has discovered that government school students’ performance has increased by 5 per cent.
Educational experts say that the performance of students in pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher secondary section is so good because of exposure and better awareness. “With the government taking steps to improve infrastructural facilities in the schools run by it, many parents are preferring to enrol their children at these institutions,” said George Roy, a teacher.
In the higher secondary sections in government-run schools in Kerala, the enrollment percentage is higher compared to private schools. While it is 58.5 per cent in government school, it is 34.3 per cent in private schools.
Further, the number of girls between the age groups of 15 and 16 not getting enrolled in the schools has dropped to 0.6 in 2018 from 1.1 in 2006. However, in case of reading capability, students in private schools are doing better than those in government schools. But coming to arithmetic, those studying in government schools are doing better than those in private schools, the capability increasing to 44.7 from 36.0 in 2014. While in arithmetic the capability divide between girls and boys was not big, girls trumped boys in reading skills, in all age categories.
While Kerala is considered one of the most educated states in the country, its continuous progress towards achievements in the fields of education is worth being appreciated.
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