School enrolment of children between 6-14 yrs at 96.5%: Report

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Patna, Jan 16 (PTI) NDA government headed by ChiefMinister Nitish Kumar has succeeded in bringing children toschools as the enrolment in Bihar schools has registered aquantum jump over the years at 96.5 per cent in 2010.

The enrolment in schools of the children aged betweensix to 14 years has stood at 96.5 per cent in Bihar in 2010,according to the annual status of educational report, 2010.

The enrolment in government government has registereda significant increase at 89.8 per cent in the children in6-14 age group as against 72.2 per cent in 2006, it said.

Similarly, the percentage of the children staying awayfrom education has decreased drastically at 2.5 per cent in2010 as against 12.8 per cent in 2006, the report said.

Reflecting the parents'' urge to enrol their wards inschools at an early age, the percentage of the students, agedfive, in the schools has witnessed about 15 per cent increaseat 52.7 in 2010 as compared to 45.4 in 2006.

The state also saw an impressive increase in thenumber of under-five children going to kindergarten andanganwadi centres for pre-learning session at 74.5 per centand 78.8 per cent of children aged three years and four yearsrespectively in 2010 as against the corresponding figure of49.1 and 57.7 respectively in 2006.

In addition, the Bihar students have been found toexcel in mathematics in comparison to their counterparts inother parts of the country, the report said.

For example, 69 per cent of class VIII students inBihar can solve area-related questions in maths as against thenational average at 50 per cent.

The report has complimented the state government forliberal release of grants for the maintenance and developmentof schools and teaching/learning materials.

As many as 81.4 per cent schools received grants formaintenance in 2009-10, while 79.6 per cent of them gotdevelopment fund and 82.4 per cent schools benefited fromteaching/learning materials grant, it said.

The report was compiled on the basis of inspection of977 students in the state selected on random basis.

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