In a crowded classroom in Kohima, Nagaland, close to 70 young people are listening intently as ASER Centre trainers walk them through the 2017 ‘Beyond Basics’ procedures. About 20 are PhD scholars and the rest are Masters level students in the Department of Education, Nagaland University.
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Since 2015 there have been intensive efforts to design metrics intended to measure and track countries’ progress towards the 17 agreed on Sustainable Development Goals and their respective targets. But is this the kind of evidence that will help countries plan action on the ground to meet these ambitious objectives? Not necessarily.
The official ASER statistic – that a quarter of all children in Std VIII cannot read a Std II level ‘story’ – just does not convey the reality of the situation. I am in a village in Bodhgaya block in Bihar, watching 16-year-old Reshma try to read. She is focused on the task, trying very, very hard.