Girls’ en­rol­ment in the pri­mary level is higher than the boys

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Pen­jor

The coun­try saw that en­rol­ment for the girl's higher than that of boys in the school es­pe­cially at the pri­mary level dur­ing the year.

Ac­cord­ing to the An­nual Ed­u­ca­tion Sta­tis­tics, ( AES) 2018 which was com­piled by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, the coun­try wit­nessed im­pres­sive achieve­ments in terms of girls' par­tic­i­pa­tion rates with net en­rol­ment rate ( NER) of 93.4 per­cent for girls as com­pared to 92.4 per­cent for boys at pri­mary level.

The sur­vival rate for girls at the pri­mary level stands at 90.6 per­cent ex­ceed­ing that of boys at 78.9 per­cent. In terms of per­cent­age, girls' make up 50.7 per­cent of the to­tal school en­rol­ment in the school ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem for class pre- pri­mary to twelfth stan­dard.

The en­rol­ment rates for girls made to pri­vate schools from pre- pri­mary till class 12 was 51.2 per­cent. The en­rol­ment for pre- pri­mary till sixth stan­dard was 49.8 per­cent fol­lowed by 47.2 per­cent in sev­enth to eight stan­dard. 43 per­cent of girl en­rol­ment for ninth to tenth stan­dard and 52.6 per­cent for eleventh and twelfth stan­dard.

The re­port also shows that in terms of per­cent­age, girls' make up 49.2 per­cent of the to­tal school en­rol­ment in the school ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem for pre- pri­mary till sixth stan­dard, 52.2 per­cent for sev­enth to eighth stan­dard, 53.6 per­cent for ninth to tenth stan­dard and 51.1 per­cent for class eleventh to twelfth stan­dard.

Un­like in the past years, this year's en­rol- ment fig­ure shows equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of girls at the higher sec­ondary level in­clud­ing pri­vate schools to 51.2 per­cent. This could be largely due to the im­prove­ment in girls' en­rol­ment at the lower lev­els of ed­u­ca­tion in the pre­vi­ous years, stated the re­port.

The higher sec­ondary Gross En­rol­ment Ra­tion ( GER) for girls in 2018 stands at 71.8 per­cent, which is higher than that of boys at 68 per­cent. Sim­i­larly, the NER for girls at 34.7 per­cent at the higher sec­ondary level is also higher than the NER for boys at 29.3 per­cent.

In 2018, the rel­a­tive per­cent­age of girls' en­rol­ment in eleventh stan­dard in pri­vate higher sec­ondary schools is 55 per­cent. The girls' en­rol­ment had al­ways been on the higher side as com­pared to the boys in eleventh stan­dard in pri­vate schools since 2008. How­ever in 2018, the en­rol­ment of boys in eleventh stan­dard in pub­lic schools has been higher than girls.

Last year, the rel­a­tive per­cent­age of girls' en­rol­ment in eleventh stan­dard in pri­vate higher sec­ondary school was 54 per­cent and 49 per­cent for pub­lic higher sec­ondary school.

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