A very inciting fact worthy of being known is that, in Arunachal Pradesh for five years in a row, the enrolment of children in schools in the 6-14 Age groups has been at a high of 95 % or above. With this the state is close to achieving universal enrolment.
Only 2.1 per cent of children in the age group of 6-14 years were out of school in 2014.
The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) facilitated by Pratham, was recently released in New Delhi said. The survey focuses on the status of schooling and basic learning and is the largest annual household survey.
This year the survey covered 9 Districts, 229 villages, 4,928 households 9086 children in the age group of 3-16 years.
The Right to Education Act has ensured high enrolment levels in the 6-14 age groups. However with 8 per cent of boys and 7.5 per cent of girls the age group of 15-16 years not attending school, the condition is disheartening.
The national average for this age group is 15.9 per cent for boys and 17.3 per cent for girls.
But the ability of the students to do basic reading is distressing. According to the report of the survey only 29.6 percent of the standard III could read a standard I text efficiently and only 44.4 percent of standard V could read a standard II level text.
The enrolment of the children attending private schools in Arunachal Pradesh in the year 2010 was 16.7 per cent. The figures are increasing as last year there was a 24.5 per cent record of the enrolment in private schools in this age group.
However the enrolment rates have not reached higher than the enrolment rates of the neighbouring states of Manipur and Meghalaya.