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February 8, 2012

‘50pc children in Punjab cannot read sentences in Urdu’

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February 8, 2012

LAHORE: The annual status of Education Report 2011, a household survey in the Punjab which assessed learning outcomes of schoolgoing (5-16 years) age children in 28 districts (rural areas), has found that almost 50 percent children cannot even read a sentence in Urdu or in their mother tongue while 66 percent children cannot read a sentence in English of class-II.
According to a press statement, the ASER Punjab (Rural) 2011 survey was launched at Children’s Library Complex here on Tuesday. The survey was conducted by the South Asia Forum for Education Development (SAFED) managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in collaboration with the Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI), Department for International Development (DFID), National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and Oxfam/Novib.
The survey reveals that 52 percent children cannot do two-digit subtraction sums whereas almost 70 per cent 5-16-year-old children cannot do three-digit division sums. The survey was conducted in 28 districts in Punjab -- Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin, Chakwal, Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Attock, Mianwali, Khushab, Sargodha, Hafizabad, Chiniot, Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Sahiwal, Khanewal, Vehari, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan.
Class-wise analysis of the reading ability shows that only 46.9 per cent of class-III students were unable to read sentences, while around 83 percent children could not read a story. In government schools, only 48.7 percent of class-III students were able to read sentences, while in private schools this ratio stood at 62.3 percent.

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