In OBC girls' Class I-VIII enrolment, Bihar ahead of most states
Santosh Singh Posted online: Mon Jan 23 2012, 00:14 hrs
Patna : Bihar is next only to Tamil Nadu when it comes to enrolment of
OBC girls in upper primary (Class VI to VIII) level, leaving behind
developed states like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and
The latest Central government report, prepared by the National
University of Educational Planning and Administration (NEUPA), says
Bihar has lesser dropout girls past Class V than that in other states.
Bihar is also not far behind top-ranking states in Scheduled
Caste/Scheduled Tribe girls' enrolment in primary and upper primary
levels (Class I to VIII), says the report.
According to the NEUPA report "Elementary Education in India: Progress
Towards Universal Elementary Education", Bihar recorded 65.25 per cent
enrolment of OBC girls in Class VI to VIII in 2010-11 as compared to
Tamil Nadu's 68.81 per cent. The national average stands at 40.27 per
Kerala, which has 100 per cent literacy, has 60.95 per cent enrolment
in this category, followed by Uttar Pradesh (50.33), Gujarat (49.63),
Chhattisgarh (49.81), Rajasthan (48.64), Jharkhand (48.52) and Andhra
ST girls' enrolment in primary school in 2010-11 was 48.46 as compared
to the national average of 48.53 per cent.
In upper primary schools, Bihar ST girls recorded 47.46 per cent as
compared to the national average of 48.16 per cent.
"The data shows our incentives like uniform and bicycle schemes have
been proving a draw. Though girls get bicycles only in Class IX, the
motivation keeps good attendance in primary schools," says Bihar
Education Project (a registered Bihar government body focusing on
elementary education) Special Project Director Rajesh Bhushan.
Bhushan says the Central government report also showed that Bihar had
almost touched the national average in SC girls' enrolment in primary
and upper primary schools.
Over 6 lakh children below 14 years still do not go to school in Bihar
that has 71,000 schools with a strength of 2.27 crore children.
The Special Project Director says the state targets to bring all of
them to school in the coming two years.
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