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Meghalaya ranks poorly in elementary edn
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 17:
Published on 17 Feb. 2011 11:57 PM IST
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Meghalaya has ranked way below the national average in imparting elementary education in the country, according to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 2010.
The national average of children in the age group of 3 to 4 years in Anganwadi schools is 75.7 percent; whereas Meghalaya’s average is way below at 46.7 percent, the ASER report revealed.
The report was released Thursday by Leader of Opposition of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Conrad K Sangma.
On the other hand, the report stated that the national average of children in the age group of 6-14 out of school is 3.5 percent; Meghalaya’s average is 7.2 percent.
Moreover, children between the age group of 3 to 6 years, not attending any kind of pre-school is very high in Meghalaya and the percentage is increasing yearly since 1997. Jaintia Hills amongst the seven districts of the state fares the worst in imparting elementary education, the report added.
The report is not surprising in the sense that pre-school teachers mostly from rural areas have been requesting the government to hike their salary from Rs. 1800 to what they are getting now.
Sangma also highlighted that the central government’s flagship programme - the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has also lured away children from the schools in the villages.
“Many school children are not attending their classes and are taking up jobs under NREGS. The state government must ensure that such instances do not take place,” Sangma added.
ASER is the largest household survey on elementary education in India.

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