The Indian NGO Pratham published its Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) and, unfortunately but not surprisingly, the average proficiency of students in primary school in India is still very low. Just as an example, more than half of Class 5 pupils cannot read a standard Class 2 text. According to the report, the percentage of students able to perform these basics tasks has dropped since the previous report, but one of the reasons could be that the total attendance of pupils in Indian schools has increased: 96.7% of kids aged 6 to 14 is now enrolled in school, and the dropout has been considerably arrested. The presence in the classrooms of kids who didn't attend school previously can explain the aggregate fall in performance.
In this context we are proud to underline that pupils in Alice Project schools, our partner in India, have generally excellent results and their level of learning enables them to join University, notwithstanding a particularly poor background and starting conditions which are not better than the average Indian Society.
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