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UNESCO lauds India’s progress: Fewer children out of school

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

As per UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2015, India has achieved success in getting its children into primary schools and also improved the number of girl students. However, India still lags when it comes to quality of learning outcomes, adult literacy and keeping a check on rapidly increasing private schools in urban slums.

The report which was released by HRD minister Smriti Irani also showcased that India will be the only country in South and West Asia to have an equal ratio of girls and boys in primary and senior school. It also revealed that India has reduced its out-of-school children by over 90% since 2000, when 164 countries committed themselves to six global education goals.

Aaron Benavot, the report’s chief author, said that, “Improvements in early childhood education, universal primary education, the huge reduction in out-of-school children and gender equality are big achievements for India, a country where more that 220 million children are in schools.”

The report alludes to the 2014-15 Annual Status of Education Report to point out wide disproportions in students’ basic skills across states. It states a ‘strong preference’ of parents to send their children to private schools to learn in English, and draws attention to a bulging number of contract teachers and teacher absenteeism.

“Research in 2009 and 2010 in Brazil, Chile, Croatia, India, Mexico and Rwanda found that men with less education expressed discriminatory gender views, were more likely to be violent at home and, if they were fathers, were less likely to be involved in child care,” cites the report.

In spite of the ‘good news,’ there is still a lot to achieve when it comes to literacy. The report has also mentioned that 32% of the countries, which include India, are still ‘a long way’ from achieving adult literacy.

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79% Smartphone Users in India Using Over-the-Top (OTT) Apps

The OTT platforms installed on the devices are in addition to the casual entertainment apps such as YouTube and UGC

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Hotstar is the most-penetrated OTT entertainment app with 49 per cent of smartphone users having it installed on their devices. Pixabay

Seventy-nine per cent smartphone users in India are using over-the-top (OTT) apps for entertainment and as many as four out of five users have at least one OTT entertainment platform on their device, a new report said on Thursday.

Hotstar is the most-penetrated OTT entertainment app with 49 per cent of smartphone users having it installed on their devices.

The OTT platforms installed on the devices are in addition to the casual entertainment apps such as YouTube and UGC (User Generated Content) platforms like TikTok and with such as penetration, OTT entertainment apps have become the ‘most-penetrated’ app category for smartphone users in India after social networking, chatting and e-commerce Apps, revealed the report by market research firm techARC.

“Over the past three years, we have seen a lot of enablement both from the smartphone OEMs as well as operators’ sides. This has facilitated the growth of OTT entertainment services as well as consumption.

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Seventy-nine per cent smartphone users in India are using over-the-top (OTT) apps for entertainment and as many as four out of five users have at least one OTT entertainment platform on their device. Pixabay

“While 4G has undoubtedly created this category, it has been complemented by the smartphone industry that has innovated to save every micron on the screen for full-screen viewing, backed by a powerful battery and stereophonic sound,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC.

One of the main factors for Hotstar’s growth has been its sports content, especially cricket.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video has slightly better penetration than Netflix in India. Prime Video penetration is 15 per cent as compared to 13 per cent of Netflix.

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This is a result of Amazon’s close relationship with some smartphone OEMs where Amazon apps like Amazon Shopping and Amazon Prime Video come pre-loaded in the device. (IANS)