Of the 10.79 lakh students who enrolled for Madhyamik 2021, 4,65,850 are boys and 6,13,899 are girls
The West Bengal Madhyamik 2021 results bring a ray of hope for girls’ empowerment in the state.
Of the 10.79 lakh students who enrolled for Madhyamik 2021, 4,65,850 are boys and 6,13,899 are girls.
Girls enrolled from pre-primary to Class XII in West Bengal schools also outnumber boys, according to a study released by the Unified District Information System for Education Plus.
The study, conducted by the Central government in the pre-COVID-19 period, indicated that the dropout rate among girls is also lower than the boys in West Bengal. The boys’ dropout rate was 14.1% and that of girls was 13.6% in West Bengal.
Over 1.87 crore students registered from pre-primary to class XII in the 2019-20 academic session in West Bengal schools, and there were 2.32 lakh more girls, it added. The number of girls in the academic session was 94,89,902, and that of boys was 92,57,890 in the state schools.
As per the survey, only four states in India have more girl students than boys. The other three states are from the North East- Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh.
The implementation of the West Bengal government’s Kanyashree Prakalpa in the past few years is one of the major reasons behind more girls going to school. The scheme is aimed at improving the status and wellbeing of girls, especially those from socio-economically disadvantaged families, through conditional cash transfers. The scheme encourages girls to pursue their education and to continue their long-term studies by delaying marriage till the age of 18.
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