In rural India, out of 100 girls who are enrolled in Class 1, only one reaches Class 12, reveals a study conducted by a team of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
Even in urban areas, out of 1,000 girls, only 14 reach Class 12, says the report titled World of India’s Girls (WINGS). The report states that 70.2 per cent of girls who enroll in schools across the country drop out before they finish Class X.
It cites family pressure and lack of toilets in schools as major causes for girls discontinuing their education. It, also, highlights discrimination against girl child and early marriage among major reasons why girls drop out rate is so high. The report will soon be presented to the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
The team made several recommendations in the report focusing mainly on making the current policies about the girl child stringent. It suggests a national policy for the girl child and calls for a ban on child marriage.
“The data of for study was collected from the 2011 census and several other micro studies conducted by the government and organisations across the world,” according to Dr Bindulakshmi, an associate professor at the institute and one of the members of the team.