According to Annual Status of Education
Report (ASER), 2016, the proportion of girls (age group 11 to 14) “out of
school” remains more than 8 percent in some states. As per the report which was
released by the Pratham Foundation, Delhi, the states are Uttar Pradesh (9.9
percent), Rajasthan (9.7 percent) and Madhya Pradesh (8.5 percent). Madhya
Pradesh which was 6.2 percent in 2014 has joined the list this year in 2016
with the increase in the proportion of its “out of school girls”.
There are 1.22 lakh schools including 83962
primary levels, 30449 middle level, 3849 higher secondary level and 4764 high
schools in the state. It is revealed that 2.9 percent of girls of an age group
of 7 to 10 years were not enrolled in the schools. It was also found that 2.9
percent of the girls of class eight of the state failed to even read letters,
13.5 percent were just able to read the standard one-level text and 64.3
percent could read letters meant for class 2 but not above.
Similar is the case for class five students.
The report also stated that 80.2 percent of the students of government schools studying
in class one to five were not attending coaching classes in 2010. But the
condition is better this year as the percentage has now reduced to 64.6
Furthermore, there were no toilets in 20 percent of the schools in
2010 which actually reduced to 5.6 percent in the year 2016. The report
actually throws a limelight over the poor education system and poor
infrastructure in the state.