52% Schools In J&K Have No Girls’ Toilets: Survey 

SRINAGAR — In more than 50% of schools in Jammu and Kashmir, no girls’ toilets are available while 49 percent schools lack provision for driving water, according to the Annual Status of Education Report 2018, a nationwide survey compiled by NGO Pratham Education Foundation released yesterday. 

In 73% of the schools surveyed in the state, the toilets were available but unusable, the ASER 2018 said further.  

The survey also presented a grim picture of educational standards in government-run schools of the state as regards the students ability to do basic reading and arithmetic tasks conducted in their homes. The assessment is done of children in the age group 5-16 years in 19 languages across India.

According to the report, students from 3rd primary to 8th standard in government as well as private schools performed poorly.

The students were analysed on certain indicators determined by the ASER teams by visiting schools and says that the primary and middle grade students have failed to improve their performance over the years.

The ASER report as regards 3rd primary students states that 3.2 percent children were not in position to even read letters of alphabet, 19.8 percent can read letters but can’t recognise words.

Those students who can read words but can’t read the text prescribed in syllabi of 1st or 2nd primary amount to 34.3 percent. While 20.5 percent students were able to read 1st primary level text but were not capable of reading text from the 2nd primary text books.

Only 22.3 percent students of 3rd primary were able to read class 2nd primary text books, the ASER report states.

Besides the reading ability, the students have also shown poor performance in arithmetic assessment in primary grades.

The report also finds that 2.3 percent in 3rd primary were not able to recognise number 1-9, and 16.3 percent could not recognise numbers up to 99 or higher. 

The ASER assessment says 45.2 percent students were not able to do subtraction while as 30.2 percent in 3rd primary couldn’t do division of numbers.

The survey also looked at schools. “Nationally, in 2018, four out of 10 government primary schools surveyed had less than 60 students,” said the report. This number witnessed a gradual increase from 26.1 per cent in 2009 to 30 per cent in 2011, 33.1 per cent in 2013, 39.8 per cent in 2016, and finally 43.3 per cent in 2018. 



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