Friday, January 24, 2014

School Attendance goes up to 76.2% at primary level

School Attendance goes up to 76.2% at primary level
The attendance of students and teachers are the two major aspects on which the health of a school depends. There has been a remarkable improvement in the number of students attending schools in the six years between 2006-07 and 2012-13. The sources from Ministry attribute the positive change to the Right to Education Act (RTE) and the states' effort to prioritize school education.

The latest figures coming from Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry depict that in the school attendance, Bihar has made a remarkable progress, both at primary and upper primary levels. At primary level, the average student attendance in 2006-07 was 42.2%, which has reached 63.6% in 2012-13. Also, at upper primary level, the percentage raised from 36.8% in 2006-07 to 59.7% in 2012-13.

On the other hand, the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which witnesses a regular disruption also showed substantial improvements. The percentage at primary level rose from 78.5% in 2006-07 to 84.8% in 2012-13. Whereas, at upper primary level, an increase from 77.5% in 2006-07 to 88.5% in 2012-13 has been visible.

Uttarakhand, is perhaps the only state where the students' attendance has seen a downward slope, both at primary level and upper primary level. In 2006-07, the attendance was figured out to be 80% which has been marked at 76.5% in 2012-13 at primary level. And a marginal decrease from 83.2% to 81.3% has been seen at upper primary level during the same period.

However, the overall analysis of the national attendance depicts a rise of attendance at primary level from 68.5% in 2006-07 to 76.2% in 2012-13. And a marginal rise at upper primary level to 77.8% from 75.7% in 2006-07. Also, the teacher attendance, nationally, saw an improvement from 81.7% in 2006-07 to 84.3% in the year 2012-13 at primary level teaching. Whereas, at upper primary level, the percentage has reached to 81.3% from 80.5% Although, the state of Assam has the teacher attendance has gone down to 77% from 79.2% in 2006-07 at primary level, though it went up substantially at upper primary level.

In Haryana too, there was a decline of teachers coming to school at the upper primary level. Initially, 91.9% teachers attended the school which went down to 85% in 2012-13. Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh saw a decline in the number of teachers attending school, both, at primary level and upper primary level.
HRD sources said that the decline in the teacher attendance could be a result of their deployment by state governments for non-teaching jobs like election duty or census work.

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