According to a Sample Registration System Baseline Survey 2014, Gujarat ranks 20th among 21 states in girl’s education. According to the survey, around 26.6% of the girls in the age group of 15-17 years in Gujarat are the ones who have either dropped out or did not go to school ever.
In Gujarat, almost 73.4% of girls attend the school. This state is just a notch above Rajasthan where it is 72.1%. It also tells us that the all India average of girls who are attending school is 83.8% and it is just 10% more than Gujarat. The survey reveals that as much as 59% girls do not study beyond class 10th, while 14.8% complete class 12th and only 7.3% complete their graduation.
According to sources, when this survey was conducted, Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshutsav programs, both of which focus on enrolling girl child in schools have been going on for past one decade. A lot of ministers are also trying to push this programme, despite the push, other rural areas have performed better that Gujarat. This shows that despite the state’s tall claims, it did not perform better. Gujarat government was sponsoring these programmes, but they have failed to make any impact on education.
Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said, “We are aware that the drop out rate among girls is high and hence we launched the enrolment drive even in class IX. We will ensure that the girls do not drop out after class VIII. The drop out ratio is not more than 20%. We are taking measures to ensure that girls study and the government is dedicated to achieving 100% literacy among girls.”
Gujarat has been ranked among the bottom five states. The states which were considered backward also have ranked better.