The state of Rajasthan has been known to have one of the lowest literacy rates India. It has now signed an understanding in collaboration with Tata Trusts and Khan Academy to improve the level of education in State run schools.
The aim is to address the crisis of learning in Rajasthan, which recorded a literacy rate of 67 percent and the lowest female literacy rate in the country (52.66%), as per Census 2011.Rajasthan has a population of (68.5 M people), out of which 24 percent are between the ages of six and fourteen and 5% of the state’s children are out of school.
Declining education levels lead to a decrease in enrollment
According to a report submitted by (ASER) 2014. Arithmetic skills and reading levels of students from grades 2-5 have witnessed a steady decline in both government and private schools in rural Rajasthan.
Rural areas have witnessed a drop children enrolling themselves to Government Schools. On the other hand, there has been an increase in children enrolling themselves to private schools . The private schools witnessed an increase in enrollment of about 42 percent in 2014 and the decline in government schools was recorded at 52.2 percent in 2014.
According to the 2015 Digital Gender Atlas for Advancing Girls’ Education, 5% of children were out-of-school. This was recorded between 2013-2014.Out of the 5% of children that were out-of-school, 18% have never even to school and 37% were dropouts.
It is believed that the incorporation of a sound mid-day meal programmes will improve the current situation. According to a study in 2016, incorporation of the mid-day meal programme improved test scores.
Another factor that could improve the current situation is improving the accessibility of schools in Rajasthan. It is believed that only 76.5% of schools were accessible by all weather roads as compared to the national average of 89%.