RTE and states’ efforts improve school attendance

Right to Education Act (RTE) and the state governments priority to school education has resulted in immense growth in the attendance of teachers and students in state government schools in the country. There has been a remarkable improvement in the past six years, between 2006-07 to 2012-13, in the teacher and student attendance in schools.

The latest figures from the Human Resource Ministry shows that Bihar has made remarkable progress when it comes to school attendance both at primary and upper primary level. The average attendance at primary level in 2006-07 was 42.2% which went up to 63.6% in 2012-13. Similarly in upper primary level it went up to 59.7% from 36.8%. In a place like Jammu and Kashmir which faces regular disruptions, there has been an immense improvement in attendance from 78.5% in 2006-07 to 84.8% in 2012-13 at primary level and in upper primary level attendance went up from 77.5% to 85.5% during the same period. In the overall analysis, nationally the attendance at primary level went up to 76.2% from 68.5% in 2006-2007 while the growth in attendance in upper primary level was marginal from 75.7% in 2006-07 to 77.8% in 2012-13. In overall, the teacher attendance has also seen an improvement from 81.7% to 84.3% at primary level and 81.3% from 80.5% between 2006-07 to 2012-13. But on the contrary, states like Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh have seen a decline in attendance of teachers both in primary and upper primary level.