‘96.5 % children between 6-14 years attend school in Bihar’

The Annual Status Educational Report (ASER)-2010 brought out by an NGO-Pratham has revealed 96.5 per cent children between the age group of six to 14 years have been enrolled in Bihar in 2010, the highest in the last six years.

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2011, 22:53 PM IST

Patna: The Annual Status Educational Report (ASER)-2010 brought out by an NGO-Pratham has revealed 96.5 per cent children between the age group of six to 14 years have been enrolled in Bihar in 2010, the highest in the last six years.

The report which was released by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a function here said young children attending pre-school (Anganwadi/Baiwdi plus LKG/UKG) has increased substantially and the percentage of age four children attending the pre school in 2009 increased to 82.7 per cent in 2010 from 71.8 per cent.

Similarly, percentage of 11 to 14 year olds not attending school in Bihar has decline over the years and in this age group, the state successfully reduced the gender gap with just 4.4 per cent boys and 4.6 per cent girls out of school.
The percentage of 15-16 year old children who were not not enrolled in school continues to be a cause of worry with 11. 5 per cent in this age group being still out of schools.

The learning levels in reading and arithmetic though have been better than states like Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan, it needs improvement, the report suggests.
Percentage of children in STD V who can read STD II level is 58.5 per cent and this marks a decline from 2008 when 63.9 per cent cdhilren in Std V could read Std II level text, it says.

In Math, in Std V, 51.7 per cent children can do division, a significant drop from 2007 when 63.1 per cent children in STDV could do division, the report reveals.

Children`s ability to do everyday calculations is quite good compared to other states. Among other states, only Kerala and Goa perform better than Bihar and 69.1 per cent children in STD VIII in Bihar can correctly do both problems on area, it says.

PTI