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ASER Report: 86.8% of Indian youths aged 14-18 enrolled in education

January 17, 2024

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) indicates that over 86.8% of youngsters aged 14-18 in India are enrolled in educational institutions, showcasing a positive trend in widespread access to learning opportunities. Notably, the report reveals that more than half of students in Classes 11-12 opt for humanities, followed by science and commerce.

However, challenges persist as 25% of individuals in the 14-18 age group struggle to fluently read a Class-2 level text in their regional languages. This underscores the need for targeted interventions to enhance language proficiency among adolescents.

While the report notes small gender gaps in enrollment, significant differences based on age are identified. Older youths, particularly 18-year-olds, exhibit a higher likelihood of not being enrolled in educational institutions. This variation emphasizes the importance of addressing barriers that may deter older students from continuing their education.

Contrary to concerns raised during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASER report dispels the notion that a substantial number of older students dropped out of school due to a loss of livelihood. The dropout rate remains relatively low, indicating a level of resilience and commitment to education even in challenging circumstances.

The report also highlights a gender disparity in the enrollment of females in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) streams compared to their male counterparts. This gender-based variation underscores the importance of fostering inclusivity and encouraging female participation in STEM-related disciplines.

In conclusion, while the ASER report paints a largely positive picture of educational enrollment among Indian youth aged 14-18, it concurrently identifies areas for improvement. Addressing literacy challenges, reducing gender gaps, and understanding the dynamics of non-enrollment among older students are crucial aspects that demand targeted efforts to enhance the overall educational landscape in the country.

Source: PTI

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