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Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in India

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Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Children aged 5-14 years attending school (2000), %

  • Girls’ enrolment has increased from 49.8 million in 2001-01 to 57.3 million in 2002-03 at the primary level. Girls are disadvantaged compared to boys, with 82% of boys attending school compared to 72% of girls. There is also a significant difference between urban and rural areas, and also among children from scheduled castes or tribes. 
  • Systemic factors – teacher vacancies, lack of female teachers, teacher absenteeism, irregular classes, overcrowded classrooms, traditional methods of rote learning – continue to plague efforts to improve the quality of education.




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