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Educational survey ranks Rajasthan at rock bottom in girls' education; Social scientists discuss reasons
Despite all the free-ships, award schemes and scholarship incentives for girls over the last several years, Rajasthan has ranked the lowest in girls' education.

According to the Sample Registration System-Baseline Survey 2014, Rajasthan's position is last in girls' education among 21 major States with 72.1 enrolments at the school level. While, Gujarat has ranked last but one which too had launched a special girl's education intervention called Kanya Kelavani.

"In Rajasthan, there are serious social barriers to girls' education, contextual mismatches and low quality of education in the government sector leading to poor performance of the state in girls' education. The incentives do not attract girls to poor quality of education. Many girls in the rural areas do seek admission at the high school level but soon drop out because of lack of female teachers, poor quality of education, lack of toilet facilities and exploitative learning conditions. In fact, the rural girls have rejected the poor system of education since most think that it is shear waste of time in schools where their self-esteem and achievement are undermined ", said Jaipur-based educator Prabha Kishore while reacting to the survey report.

According to the local social scientist Dr. Antia Srivastava, even at elementary school level, due to the Right to Education (RTE) Act, girls are being sent to government schools where education is free and of low quality while boys are being sent to fee-charging private schools by the families. There exists a gender bias in educating girls in Rajasthan. In many government elementary schools in big villages of Rajasthan, one can find more girls since most boys are being sent to private schools.

Another thing that Srivastava pointed out was the discriminatory nature of RTE Act, which seemed to say that all private schools were of good quality and they have reserved 25% seats to be filled by children from poor and marginalized groups.

Indirectly, the government has termed that the schools of 'poor quality' have thrown their hands up and allowed to get girls' education suffer. We need to understand that the quality of government school education must be improved by making all out efforts rather than indulging in incentive schemes for girls' education, she said.

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