ISLAMABAD - The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), the national survey conducted every year to gauge the learning levels of the children in the age band of 5-16 years, has started its fieldwork under which 145 rural and 10 urban districts will be covered including 87,000 households and almost 2.5 lakh children.

The closing ceremony of a three-day workshop arranged by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagaghi marked the kick-off of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2013 survey.

The major aim of this workshop was to train master trainers from the sub-offices of ITA in Balochistan, KPK, Punjab, Sindh and Islamabad, who will be then responsible for the provincial and district trainings in their respective provinces.

The survey in the Kissana village (Attock) was also conducted as a pilot test to make the master trainers familiar with the upcoming challenges that they are going to face in the implementation mode of the survey.

Ministry of Education, Trainings and the Standards in Higher Education Secretary Ahmed Buksh Lehri, was the chief guest at the closing ceremony.

Ahmed Buksh Lehri stressed the need not to focus only on the quantity but on quality of education simultaneously. He also emphasized that the role of parents is equally important to achieve the targeted goals especially to retain the children at schools and to minimize the dropout rate.