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Study reveals appalling gender disparity in government senior secondary schools in Rajasthan
Periodically, Government of Rajasthan (GOR) gets studies done on the gender issues in school education to find the impact of its interventions to improve school education by paying a large amount of sum to the research agencies.

This is despite the fact; the base-line study is already available and actual school data digitally available now. There is also a provision of internal gender audit of all governmental interventions and projects for monitoring such activities.

According to the research report released by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi, the Gender Disparity Index (GDI) in the government senior secondary education level has gone down in the state. According to the news story, citing the study report, the GPI in Rajasthan is 63. This means that for every hundred boys, only 63 girls are accessing the senior secondary education in the government sector. The GDI of the state is far below the national average of 83.

The report, gives usual reasons for increased gender disparity at senior secondary level such as lack of toilet facilities and distance of schools from habitations, Government had upgraded the infra-structure facilities in schools, given free cycles to girls, offered scholarship scheme for girls, provided bus travel concession for girls, given free textbooks to girls, waved off tuition fee for girls, but to no avail. The lesson is that the freebies, concessions and patchwork make things from bad to worse in an insensitive and inefficient system.

Those who are seriously working for gender equity in education say that gender disparity can decrease with making schools and teachers to function with assumptions, attitudes and actions that provide equitable opportunities and create expectations about individuals for inclusive education irrespective of their sexes.

The system has to orient and equip itself to offer equitable treatment and achieve equitable outcomes in school and beyond for reducing gender disparity in school education. And, all this is hard work!

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