Only 40% of students in J&K have access to smartphones for studies: Survey

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A national-level survey, “Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)-Rural 2021”, conducted in September-October this year, has revealed that around 72 per cent of students in J&K have a smartphone at home. But, still, only 40 per cent of students have access to it for their studies.

However, the survey has revealed that around 15.6 per cent of students in J&K do not have any access to smartphones at home for their studies.

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The ASER-2021 has also revealed that the number of “out of school children” between the age group of 6-14 years has jumped from 1.2 per cent in 2018 to 6 per cent in 2021.

The survey figures have also revealed that the enrollment of students between the age group of 6-14 years in government schools has decreased from 57 per cent to 55 per cent.

The contents of the annual report state that the survey was conducted to explore the patterns of enrollment and dropout among 5-16 year-olds in rural India besides trends in children taking paid tuition classes to aid their studies.

“The survey was done to explore whether households have smartphones and, if so, whether children have access to them. The survey also examined how families support children at home as schools begin to reopen,” the survey reads.

“The major change in enrollment is a big jump in government school enrollment accompanied by a fall in private school enrollment. The increase in government school enrollment is across the board – all age-groups, grades and for both boys and girls,” it adds.

The survey was conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic, the team reaching 581 districts in 25 states and 3 Union Territories, 76,706 households and 7,299 schools in 17,184 villages across India.

It further states that a decline in private school enrollment was first seen in 2020 when it dropped from 32.5 per cent in 2018 to 28.8 per cent for 6-14-year-olds.