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Beyond Basics ASER-2017 reveals poor state of government sector education in rural Rajasthan
The Annual Status of Education Report 2017 (ASER) by the NGO Pratham has been made public and education for rural children (14-18 years age group) continues to be dismal and more so for the female children.

In all, 1071 children of both the sexes in the said age group were from 60 villages of Udaipur district for projecting findings of the survey on the state of Rajasthan.

 -The percentage of youth not enrolled in any formal education setup was 22.7

- 17.5% of the males were not enrolled in college or vocational training programme

-28% of females were not enrolled in in college or vocational training programme .

-36% 14-18 don't know India's capital

-71% of the youth could read Class 2 level text

-35.3% of the surveyed youth in the state could do division

-65% of the youth in the state could count money correctly which involves simple addition

 -48.6% could tell time accurately to minutes from a wall clock.

-48.9% of the youth in the state could point to Rajasthan in a map of India

-About 72% have never used a computer and internet in their life in government schools.

-64.3% of the youth said to have worked for 15 days or more in the past month besides the housework.

The concern now should on quality of education through teacher development and better instructional material. For girls, mere incentives and scholarships will not work. All such investments will go waste if quality of education in government senior and senior secondary schools does not improve.

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