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Tribal girls not at par with boys in school attendance

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However, girls outnumber boys in other communities


Govt. prepared to change the trend by increasing number of schools


KOLKATA: While the number of girls registered in the general category and minority communities for the madhyamik (secondary school) examinations that begin on Wednesday is much higher than the number of boys, the same trend is not reflected among tribal communities, according to State School Education Minister Partha De.

“This year we have more girls because the number of schools has been increased. Usually girls do not want to go and study in schools far from their homes,” Mr. De told journalists here.

While 443,497 girls have registered for the examinations, the number of boys is fewer at 439,203. Among the minority communities, the difference is even greater with 121,761 girls as compared to the 93,293 boys.

“However this trend is not seen in the tribal communities. Among tribals, girls are not as forthright in coming to school as in other communities. We hope to change this by increasing the number of schools for them,” Mr. De said.

This year 59,148 students from the tribal communities will appear for their secondary examinations.

Mr. De said that the State Government had started running schools in tribal areas where Santhali is the medium of instruction and the traditional script of Ol Chiki is used for writing. The students even have the option of appearing for their Secondary school examinations in Santhali.

“We have about 800 Santhali-medium schools run by the State Government. We are going to add 500 more schools in the coming months, he said

According to Mr. De, the first Santhali-medium schools were set up a couple of years ago. In 1982, the State Government recognised Ol Chiki script, the first in the country to do so. Over last few years the State Government has started printing school books in this script and distributed them in the schools. The West Bengal Government has also recently started the Sindhu Kano Birsa University in Purulia and Bankura that will lay emphasis on Santhali language and tribal culture.

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