The overall literacy rate in Jharkhand has been 70.3 per cent while enrolment of girl students at primary and upper primary levels remained stagnant at 50 per cent, according to the state’s Economic Survey tabled in the state Assembly.
“The average cost of education in Jharkhand was lower than that of India in 2014. Overall literacy rate was around 70.3 per cent as compared to 75.4 per cent at the national level,” said the Jharkhand Economic Survey 2015-16.
The female literacy in urban areas was 77.5 per cent compared to about 55.2 per cent in the rural areas, it said.
Stating that the girls’ enrolment at primary and upper primary levels remained stagnant at 50 per cent over the years, the survey said similar stagnation was observed in the enrolment of students belonging to SC and ST population.
The transition rate of students moving from primary to upper primary level went up from 74.2 per cent during 2009/10 to 82.2 per cent in 2014/15 per cent.
The survey found that only 64.2 per cent schools in the state had kitchen shed to prepare midday meals and only 19.3 per cent has hand wash facility near school premises. “So both these areas demand immediate attention,” it observed.
Although 91.85 per cent schools had toilets for girls, only 9.56 per cent schools had toilets for children with special needs.
The total number of schools with secondary and/or higher secondary sections in the state stood at 4,563 during 2014-15, out of which 662 were secondary only and 186 had both secondary and higher secondary sections; 78.9 per cent of these schools are in rural areas, the survey said.
The survey found net attendance ratio was lower at all levels of education as compared to that of the country.
The net attendance ratio in HS education was 13 per cent lower than in the country.
More students in the state had access to facilities like free education and mid-day meal in the primary and the upper primary levels of education as compared to that at the national level, it said.
The number of schools with enrollment of less than 50 students went up in the state from 17 per cent in 2009/10 to 29.4 per cent in 2014/15, it said.
The survey found that only 0.9 per cent primary schools had less than 200 working days while only 1.3 per cent of the upper primary schools/sections had less than 220 working days.
It said 11.1 per cent out of school children in government schools had been provided with special training during 2013/14 academic years.
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