many as 17,590 girls in the age group of 11 to 14 years have beenmainstreamed back to school since April, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Ministry Virendra Kumar told the Lok Sabha on Friday.
“In 2018-19, as reported by states/UTs, 17,590 girls have been mainstreamed to schools,” he said.
In India, the education of the girl child is a big issue as there is rampant gender bias, child marriage, female infanticide etc – all of which propound the belief that girls are somehow lesser than boys and do not “need” to study as they are meant for house-related work and child-raising.
Puberty is another major reason behind girl students dropping out from schools as most govt schools in rural areas do not have decent and hygienic facilities for girls.
Information/guidance about entry and re-entry into formal schools and motivation to do the same is provided in coordination with Education Department and with the support from School Management Committees (SMCs) and teachers, said Virendra Kumar.