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India’s school education system was found to be under-performing in terms of quality in female literacy compared to its neighboring countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. This study was released by International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (or Education Commission).

Key Data

  • Proportion of women who completed 5 years of primary schooling and were literate was 48%-  less than 92% in Nepal, 74% in Pakistan, and 54% in Bangladesh.
  • India ranks 38th among 51 developing countries.
  • Female literacy rates went up by 1 to 15 % after completing 2 years of schooling. Corresponding numbers for Pakistan were 3 to 31 % and Nepal these were 11 to 47 %. Thus, schooling in India is ineffective for guaranteeing higher education in women.
  • Quality of Indian schools was also pathetic most of them were even ok about students not able to read.
  • Countries such as Indonesia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania all rank higher than India while Ghana is placed at the bottom.

Grade in Literacy

Table shows the % of literate female

Table contain shows the % of literate female

Table contain shows the % of literate female

                                                             Grade/

Country

No Schooling

2nd grade

4th grade

5th grade

Nepal

11

47

80

92

Pakistan

3

31

57

74

Bangladesh

1

8

36

54

India

1

15

33

48

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Country Rank

Table shows the how India’s neighboring countries ranked in women literates.

Table contain shows the how Indias neighboring countries ranked in women literates

Table contain shows the how Indias neighboring countries ranked in women literates

Country

Rank

Nepal

3

Pakistan

8

Bangladesh

24

India

38

Why Female Literacy is Low in India?

  • Negative attitude of parents towards the girl child and her education.
  • Poverty.
  • Parents do not want to send girls to schools located far from their home.
  • Gender segregated society-creating lack of female teachers.

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