New Delhi. ASER 2021: More than 67 percent of children studying in the country’s schools have at least one smartphone at home, but 26 percent of them are still away from smartphones. This is stated in the latest survey of Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). The ASER report released on Wednesday said that there has been a sharp increase in smartphone availability, from 36.5 percent in 2018 to 67.6 percent in 2021. However, far more children in private schools have a smartphone at home (79 percent), compared to 63.7 percent among children in government schools.
The report says that young children are more disadvantaged as far as smartphone usage is concerned. Despite having a smartphone at home, about 40 percent are not allowed to touch it. The purpose of the survey is to find out the changes in the education system in the country. The report said, “Around 67.6 percent of children have a smartphone at home. But 26.1 percent of the children in those homes are not allowed to use it. At the same time, students of higher grades have more access to smartphones than children of lower grades.
The survey said that Bihar (53.8 percent) has the highest number of students who have smartphones at home but are not allowed to use it. It is followed by West Bengal (46.5 percent), Uttar Pradesh (34.3 percent) and Rajasthan (33.4 percent). It has been mentioned in the report that the financial condition of the family is also responsible for the availability of the smartphone.
Survey done in 76706 houses
ASER is a common man led household survey. This report is based on a survey conducted in 25 states and three union territories. Under this, a total of 76,706 households were surveyed and 75,234 children in the age group of 5 to 16 years were covered. At the same time, a total of 4,872 schools, which were reopened after being closed due to the epidemic, were surveyed, while 2,427 schools that were not opened for the survey were surveyed over the phone with their in-charges.