Girls’ enrollment in higher classes dips: NCERT survey

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While the enrollment at primary stage stood at 48.13 per cent, it came down to 42.56 per cent at higher secondary stage

New Delhi: A government survey has revealed that enrollment of girls has shown an impressive growth in schools; however the figure went down in higher classes.

The eighth All India Education Survey (AIES) for 2002-09 by NCERT said, while enrollment at primary stage stood at 48.13 per cent, it came down to 42.56 per cent at higher secondary stage.

The AIES is considered to be the most comprehensive national-level survey covering the school education system with respect to access, enrolment, retention, participation in school process, equity, teachers and availability of  basic facilities.

According to AIES, there was 26.77 percent increase in total number of schools in the country during 2002-09. Maximum growth rate was witnessed in upper primary schools (49.15 percent) followed by higher secondary schools (46.80 percent), secondary by 28.95 and primary by 16.68 percent.

A similar trend was observed in percentage of girls’ enrollment in schools in rural areas. Officials said it was difficult to attribute specific reasons contributing to this trend.

The survey covered more than 13 lakh recognised schools across the country in each habitation, village and urban areas, out of which more than 84.14 per cent schools were in rural areas.

The First All India Education Survey (AIES) was conducted by Union Ministry of Education in 1957. Later the task was assigned to NCERT after it came into existence in 1961


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