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School Reopening News, ASER Survey Update; Smartphones Bought By Parents For Online Classes and Child School Enrollment | Difficult reading in Corona: 11% of families in lockdown had to buy new phone, so that children can study

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18 minutes agoAuthor: Ravindra Bhajani

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Schools are still closed in most states because of Corona. Where open, children are not allowed by their parents to school. No one can say when the school will arrive in the situation before Corona. Still, those who are studying from home are missing the means. One in four children have neither copy-books nor any helpers at home. Moreover, the number of children with drop outs and enrollment has also increased over the years.

In the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER or ASER) 2020, this time an attempt has been made to know the impact of Corona on education across the country. The report has revealed some shocking and some alarming figures. The report says that 11% of households purchased new phones during lockdown. 80% of them also bought smartphones so that children could study at home. Among families who do not have smartphones, 13% said that their children use someone else’s smartphone.

People are afraid of sending young children to school

Corona has had the greatest impact on young children. Parents are not taking any risk on them. This is the reason that the percentage of children aged 6 to 10 who have not been enrolled in school has increased in 2020 as compared to 2018. When the Asr 2020 team asked the children’s parents, they stained the opposite question – schools are closed, so how to enroll? That is, most children are waiting for admission in schools. Especially in the age group of 6-10 years.

Studies are happening online, what is the status of the smartphone to children?

Asar’s report says that more families now have smartphones in 2020 than in 2018. In 2018, 29.6% of children studying in government schools had at least one smartphone, which increased to 56.4% in 2020. Similarly, half of the children studying in private schools had a smartphone, which has now increased to three-fourths. The smartphone is now in families with more children than before, making it possible to read in lockdown. Similarly, about 40 percent of the children did not have a smartphone, of which 11% bought a mobile for the child’s education during lockdown. In this too, more than 80% bought a smartphone. Among those who do not have a smartphone, about 13% said that children are studying with a smartphone from an acquaintance.

Schools are closed, so who is helping at home?

The effect report is based on a telephonic survey this time. The children who were involved in this were asked who is helping them in their studies? Most of the answers came according to their class. In the small class, the help of the mother was more, with the increasing class, the help of the father and older siblings increased. In such a large section, it was also going to tell that in the family, they do not help in their studies and the percentage of such children increased from 16.5% to 31.7% according to the growing class. The biggest loss of school closure is to such children.

Has everyone reached the books?

In this case, the condition of children of government schools is good. At the all-India level, 84.1% of the children of government schools have access to existing classroom books. They do not have to worry about it. At the same time, the condition of private school children is worrying. One in four children (27.8%) do not own a book.

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