Universalize secondary school education and skill development with a focus on rural, tribal and difficult areas

Inadequate Progress

Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) at the secondary level has improved from  77% in 2013-14 to 80% in 2015-16. In the same period, the number of secondary schools has increased by approximately 13 thousand from 2.26 lakh to 2.39 lakh.

The percentage of minority students (SCs/STs/OBCs/Muslims) has gone up from 81% in 2013-14 to 83% in 2015-16.

Since, only an improvement of 3% has been made with another 20% of children still not enrolled in Secondary schools, the performance of the government against this promise has been classified as “Inadequate Progress”

Furthr, as Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2017 establishes that only 77% of children in rural India in 14 to 16 years age group can read even grade 2 text in their mother tongue. Reading is the most basic skill and the state of affairs is established beyond doubt to be dismal by various reports.

(GER is the percentage of kids who are enrolled in school out of the number of kids from the age group which corresponds to the same level.)

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