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Primary education in Bihar: fastest growing in the country

Primary education in Bihar: fastest growing in the country

School enrolments: a breakthrough

Delhi: according to the Annual Status of Education of Report released by NGO Pratham, the only educational audit done in the country, Bihar has been the most successful state in reducing the number of children out of school, an improvement that has taken place since 2006.

The overall percentage of boys out of school dropped from 12.3% in 2006 to 4.4% in 2010, and the percentage for girl dropouts fell even more impressively from 17.6% in 2006 to 4.8% in 2010.

As a result Bihar retains more students between 6 and 14 –under the Right to Education Act – in school than West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Assam and even Gujarat, the very model of development.

Even the national percentages of girls going to school have improved. Percentage of girls between the age of 11 and 14 who are out of school has dropped from 6.8% in 2009 to 5.9% in 2010

The fraction of out-of-school students between 6 and 14 in Bihar is 3.5%, identical to the national figure, as opposed to Gujarat (4%), Bengal (4.6%), UP (5.2%), Jharkhand (3.8%), Rajasthan (5.8%), Orissa (4.5%), Meghalaya (7.2%) and Assam (5%).

Editor’s note: the figures above are quite telling and require no comments but for the issue of quality of education. In the few days, Bihardays will carry a detailed analysis focusing on Bihar from Abhishek K. Choudhary, a member of the audit team at ASER.

Those interested in the full report may download it from

http://www.pratham.org/M-20-3-ASER.aspx

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