Namaste to you all.
For this report I would like to tell you about the educational system in Bihar.
These are the literacy rates
- male literacy rate: - 71.2%
- female literacy rate: - 55.5%.
Imagine the future of a state whose younger population is growing up without good quality education. One where only 32.57% population in the 16-17 years age group are enrolled in school, and only 44.07% students are transitioning from secondary to higher secondary whereas the transition rate from elementary to secondary is 84.64%. In Bihar around 1,25,00,000 youth, aged between 18-23 years, will enter the job market without good quality education.
Given a dropout rate of about 70% between grade 1 and grade 10, the low enrolment at college level is not surprising.
62% primary students do not complete education
Nearly 5% of children from Bihar aged six to 14 years are estimated to be out of school, according to this 2015 human resource development ministry education profile. Of those out of school, 55% children were never enrolled and 25%Bihar has India’s second largest population aged five to 14 (Uttar Pradesh is first), but the government spends little per student.
Bihar recorded India’s lowest per student expenditure on elementary education, Rs 5,298 in 2014-15, according to the in the Economic and Political Weekly. The best-performing state (among the 18 surveyed), Himachal Pradesh, spent Rs 39,343 per student in 2014-15–or nearly seven-and-a-half times as much.
Capital expenditure – money spent on new schools and classrooms – has been meagre and fluctuates every year. In 2015-2016, Bihar allocated 5.75% of its total education budget on school infrastructure – inadequate in a state that has an average of 51 students in a classroom.
Of course, I am telling you this to give some background ...let’s look at our Dhobi School with 328 children from class 1 to 10.
Dropout rate 7% (mostly due to families moving out of the area )
Girls programme supporting girls in their education results in very rare dropout
Number in classroom –average 34
Through the sponsorship programme you support many students have not only completed their studies but gone on to higher education.
The school has computer education and audio-visual aids including big screen TV
We cannot change the education system in Bihar but we can help over 300 students receive a quality and caring and supportive education and change their lives in a positive way forever.
Some more stories from the children themselves in our next report