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50% of Class V students can’t read Class II Telugu books

50% of Class V students can’t read Class II Telugu books
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The rapid decline in educational standards in both government schools and private institutions has become a matter of serious concern. According to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER-2014) of Pratham, an NGO, about 50 per cent of class five students in Andhra Pradesh cannot read class two Telugu textbooks.

Vijayawada: The rapid decline in educational standards in both government schools and private institutions has become a matter of serious concern. According to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER-2014) of Pratham, an NGO, about 50 per cent of class five students in Andhra Pradesh cannot read class two Telugu textbooks. The report also states that at least 18 per cent of children between the age of 15 and 16 in the state are out of school and of them 20 per cent are girls.

Speaking to newsmen at the Vasavya Mahila Mandali (VMM), Pratham Vijayawada Chapter founder Suneetha Borra said, “The ASER is an authentic document. Pratham volunteers gathered authentic information about the educational standards, enrolment, basic amenities, school dropout rate and other relevant matter as part of a national survey conducted by them.

The knowledge of school children in Telugu, English and mathematics was tested. The basic amenities in educational institutions were also studied. The report is released in January every year. It is sent to the Prime Minister’s Office and also made available to the public.

In AP, the school dropout rate among girls is five to seven per cent. Discrimination against girl child is one of the reasons for the high dropout rate. The report is very useful to the government and educational authorities to initiate concrete measures to arrest the rapid decline in education standards.”

Regional Joint Director of Education Prasanna Kumar, District Education Officer K Nageswara Rao, deputy education officer Ravi Kumar, District Libraries Association secretary Raavi Sarada, former MP and VMM president Chennupati Vidya, secretary G Rashmi and others were present.

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