Staff Reporter

Andhra Pradesh lagging behind others in many spheres, says report

Data gathered from across the 22 districts in Andhra Pradesh

Only 8.7 p.c. schools got school development grant between April and October, 2009

HYDERABAD: CLIP (Children Language Improvement Programme), CLAPS (Children's Learning Acceleration Programme for Sustainability), LEP (Learning Enhancement Programe) and many other programmes launched by the Rajiv Vidya Mission to improve learning by the schoolchildren have clearly failed in the State, with reading levels of the children here backsliding rapidly between 2007 and 2009.

According to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) released on Saturday by the NGO Pratham, the State has nothing to boast about the reading standards of its children. Percentage of children in Class III able to read Class I level text has decreased from 58.8 to 46.4 while the percentage of Class V children able to read Class II level text came down from 71.5 to 56.6, the report says.

Pratham gathered the data from across the 22 districts in Andhra Pradesh. It is part of a nationwide survey conducted annually.

The report also says that only 8.7 per cent schools received school development grant between April and October, 2009, an observation strongly contended by Mohd. Ali Rafat, the State Project Director of Rajiv Vidya Mission.

Findings refuted

“We have records to prove that the grant allocations have been disbursed totally,” he said, after releasing the report at a function.

In terms of girls' education too, the State lags behind in comparison with States such as Bihar, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

While the latter have shown considerable decline in the percentage of girls between 11 and 14 years who are out of school, the State has recorded an increase of 2.2 percentage points on this count, the education report says.

Even those girls who are allowed to go to school are discouraged by the number of schools with usable toilets, which stands at 23.5 per cent.

Children going to private schools have shown an increase of 1.6 percentage points when compared to the year 2008.