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Only 8% of children in rural areas are able to learn online, a large number of private schools

Many sectors, including the education sector, have suffered substantial losses due to the corona epidemic. At this time, the closure of the school has caused a lot of damage to the study of students, especially in rural areas where the corona period is very difficult. According to a new survey, only 8% of rural students are able to study online and 37% are unable to study.

Migration of children from private schools

Not only that, but the economic condition of people has deteriorated due to the epidemic, causing them to be unable to teach their children in private schools. As a result, children are migrating from private schools. Parents of about a quarter of students enrolled in private schools moved their children to government schools during the 17-month school lockdown because they were unable to afford low family income or online education.

15 states and UT The survey was conducted on children in grades 1 through 8

Surveyed by economists Jean Dreeze, Ritika Khera and researcher Vipul Paikra, the survey was conducted in 15 states and Union Territories of Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. 1400 students enrolled for class 1 to 8 from West Bengal. There are more than half the models in Delhi, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

There is limited access to online education

The results of a survey in August of this year were based on interviews with 1,400 households in rural and urban areas who “live in underprivileged families, that is, families who send their children to government schools.” ÔÇťAbout 60% of sample families live in rural areas, and about 60% are from Dalit or tribal communities.

The survey makes clear that access to online education is “very limited.” While 24% of urban students regularly read online, this figure is only 8% for rural students, and the urban-rural divide is the largest.

Many families do not have smartphones

The big reason behind the limited access to online education is that many model families (half in rural areas) do not have a smartphone. Even in households with smartphones, the proportion of children who receive online learning resources is only 31% in urban areas and 15% in rural areas. This is mainly because “working adults use smartphones more often, and may or may not be available to school children, especially younger siblings.” Schools are not sending online study materials or parents are unaware of it.

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