The poor sex ratio of Amritsar is not only reflected in Census reports, but is also evident in coeducational schools across the city.
The boy-girl ratio in both private and government schools in Amritsar leaves a lot to be desired, exposing the inefficacy of the efforts made by the administration and the health authorities to improve the declining sex ratio in the district.
According to the authorities of various schools, this year’s boy-girl ratio stands at 60:40, the same as in the last two years.
Jasbir Singh Jas, principal, Government Secondary School, Katra Sufaid, said there were very few girls in his school. “This can be attributed to poverty and gender bias, which is more prevalent in villages,” he said.
But the scenario is not any better in urban areas. In an effort to improve the boy-girl ratio, many schools in urban areas have introduced open admissions for girls and quota for boys.
One such case in point is that of DAV Public School, which has reserved the number of seats for boys. School principal Neera Sharma said that this year too, the number of girls seeking admission to the school was much less as compared to boys. “This is despite the fact that girls fare much better in studies than boys, who need to be prodded,” she said.
Admitting that his school was also facing a similar scenario, Dr Dharamvir Singh, principal, Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School, blamed it on the poor sex ratio in the district. “The number of girls is much less as compared to boys. The boy-girl ratio in schools will never improve unless the sex ratio goes up,” he said.