Thomas reports on education in India, and states that while progress has been made, there is still work to be done.
Six years ago the Indian government passed the Right to Education Act, which provides free and compulsory education to all children in the age group 6 to 14, to help children in the country better access education. But a new survey of the study has found that around 6 million children in India are still out of school. A Times of India article published on July 27th further broke down the numbers to show that almost half of those children come for the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes.
The survey was administered across India, so the numbers presented are a general look at school children in the country, and different states probably contribute more to these numbers than others. For instance, the numbers for states like Goa and Kerala, where the education sector has made great advances, probably contribute less than other states, such as Bihar.
This is especially important to remember when looking at the sex ratio of students receiving an education. According to the survey, there are more girls in India receiving education than boys. While this shows that India has made progress in its achievement towards gender parity in education, it is likely that there are still states and communities where gender parity in education has a long way to go.
Another interesting set of numbers are the amount of students that go to schools in urban areas versus rural areas. The survey shows that there are many more students not receiving an early education in rural areas than in urban areas.
The numbers from the survey show that there is still work to be done in helping all children in India receive a proper education.