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Bihar faces low attendance in schools, colleges amid high student enrollment

While student enrollment in Bihar’s rural schools has increased, a decline in student numbers has raised concerns for the administration in Bihar. Reports point to declining student attendance at government-run colleges in rural Bihar.

Although Bihar has a good student-teacher ratio in several rural schools, attendance in classes ranges from five to ten percent. During a surprise check conducted by senior education department officials, they found the classrooms in grades 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th by default almost empty.

The officials had made surprise visits to schools in rural Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad, Jehanabad and Arwal on Aug. 26.

An official from Bihar’s education department, speaking to PTI news agency, said: “Our team members were surprised to find that less than ten percent of students attended grades 9 and 11, while turnout was less than five percent in 10th grade. and 12th standards,”

“The department recently sent a letter to the vice chancellors of all universities in the state, requesting that a biometric attendance system be introduced for students from January 2023,” the official added.

The official says the education department will take several measures to improve student attendance at schools and universities. He also noted, “The department recently sent a letter to the vice chancellors of all universities in the state, requesting that a biometric attendance system be introduced for students from January 2023.”

Similar surprise visits are expected to be conducted soon in Saran, Siwan, Gopalganj and Vaishali districts.

Meanwhile, Bihar Education Minister Chandra Shekhar, speaking of his ministry’s findings, said: “I am aware of it. I am sure this scenario will change soon. Our government, led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has given the highest priority to education.”

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He noted that teachers and guardians need to find a solution to this problem and said “please don’t force me to take strict steps to improve the situation”.

“Education is provided with the maximum allocation in the state budget. All together 51,000 crore has been set aside for it in the current fiscal year,” the Education Minister added

If we are to believe the findings of the Bihar Economic Survey (2021-22), about 36.5 percent of students enrolled in Standard I are unable to complete their secondary education and there is an even lower percentage of students completing their higher education. . secondary education.

The study on the issue of student enrollment and dropout says, “A high student intake doesn’t make much sense if the dropout rate is also high. The phenomenon of substantial dropout before the desired level of education is completed is a problem in Bihar.

“All the factors behind such outages can be roughly divided into three categories: economic, social and cultural, and school environment and infrastructure. In the case of Bihar, all of these factors are operational to varying degrees.”

Bihar has a total of 42,573 primary, 25,587 upper primary, 2,286 secondary and 2,217 senior secondary schools

With inputs from PTI

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