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More girls in classrooms: Survey

In a country with a high rate of foeticide, even a small step taken to improve the lot of the girl child is a positive development. And if it is in the field of education, then it sounds even better.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 17:12 IST

In a country with a high rate of foeticide, even a small step taken to improve the lot of the girl child is a positive development. And if it is in the field of education, then it sounds even better.

A latest survey on the dropout rate in government schools in the country shows that the rate of girls leaving schools has declined more than that for the boys. Between 2003-04 and 2005-06, the dropout rate for girls fell by 11 percentage points as compared to 7 for boys.

The rate for boys was about 30 per cent and that for girls about 34 per cent. Officials of the Human Resource Development Ministry attribute this to the success of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.

“We have opened 1.29 lakh new schools and have built 1.06 lakh new school buildings, in addition to 2.98 lakh classrooms. Under the scheme, over 4.92 lakh teachers have been recruited,” explained an official, saying schools closer to homes have attracted girls towards education.

The four southern states continue to impress in the area of education for the girl child. But the surprise package is from states like Haryana, Rajasthan and Bihar, where the sex ratio is balanced in favour of men and female foeticide is estimated to be on the higher side. “It appears that parents in these states have realised the importance of educating the girl child. The dropout rate has fallen by up to 15 per cent,” said an official.

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Dropout rate
• In the last two years: the dropout rate for girls fell by 11 per cent
• Sarva Siksha Abhiyan: have opened 1.29 lakh new schools, employed 4.92
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