NEW DELHI, 30 JAN : School education apparently comes to an end
for over 16 per cent of school children studying in government
schools, as the transition rate from primary to upper primary
school is 83.53 per cent, according to a government report.
As per the report ~ prepared by National University of Educational
Planning and Administration (NUEPA) ~ to be released on 1
February, the percentage of such children, who complete class five
but don’t get enrolled in class six, was the highest in
Uttar Pradesh (38.5 per cent), Jharkhand (36.39 per cent) and
Bihar (29 per cent) in 2008-09.
This report said the ‘apparent survival rate’ (ratio of children
who stay in school system between class I and V after getting
enrolled) was 78 per cent in 2009-10. But it was as low as 41 per
cent in Arunachal Pradesh, 56 per cent in Manipur, 58 per cent in
Bihar, 62 per cent in Jharkhand, 63 per cent in Rajasthan and 69
per cent in West Bengal.
It, however, recorded increase in enrolment of Muslim children
both at primary (class I-V) level at 13.48 per cent in 2009-10
from 11.03 per cent in 2008-09, and upper primary (class VI-VIII)
level 11.89 per cent in 2009-10 from 9.13 percent in 2008-09.
The report recorded a negative growth in total enrolment in
primary schools with the numbers dropping from from 134377324 in
2008-09 to 133405581 in 2009-10.
Nearly 80.37 per cent of the schools in the country are run by the
government, it said. While enrolment in government schools dropped
by over 32 lakh between 2008-09 and 2009-10, enrolment at private
schools private schools witnessed an increase of over 22 lakh during
the same period.
The total number of instructional days in school improved to 224
in 2009-10 from 211 in 2008-09. The percentage of primary schools
with less than 200 working days was 5.92 in 2009-10. On an average
14 days were lost on account of teachers performing non-teaching
The number of districts with a pupil-teacher ratio in excess of 30
for all schools, has come down to 274 in 2009-10 from 302 in
2008-09. The percentage of schools with pupil-teacher ratio of
over 60 was 12.21 in 2009-10. The percentage of schools with
drinking water facility is 91.51 and the number of those with
separate toilets for girls stood at 50.99. The survey showed over
nine per cent of total schools have a single teacher and 14 days
were lost on account of teachers being asked to perform
Only 16.65 per cent primary schools had a computer and 38.98 per
cent of all schools covered in the survey had an electricity