Entries by Suman Bhattacharjea

Glimpses of ASER 2017 in the northeast

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.

Reshma’s future

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.