Bhubaneswar, Jan 22: About 25 percent students in the 14-18 age bracket are unable to read a class 2 level text fluently in their regional language in the country. Besides, more than half struggle with division (3-digit by 1-digit) problems. Only 43.3 percent students of this age group can solve such problems correctly. This skill is usually expected in classes 3 and 4. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2023 revealed.
Similarly, the report revealed that 57.3 percent students of the age group can read sentences in English. Of those who can read sentences in English, almost 75 percent can understand their meaning.
That means, 42.7 percent of adolescents aged 14 to 18 in rural India face difficulties in reading basic English sentences which is meant for class 2 level students.
The annual ASER conducted by Pratham Foundation further indicated that over 50 percent of students in the 14-18 age bracket encounter difficulties when tackling division problems.
The report also revealed that females outperform males in reading a Class 2 level text in their regional language, with a rate of 76 percent. On the other hand, males excel in arithmetic and English reading, surpassing their female counterparts at 70.9 percent.
Notably, ASER reports are used by the government while formulating policies.