Even as majority of the parents are opting for enrolling their wards with private schools in the rest of the country, the government run schools are becoming a big draw for students in Bihar. From 72.2% in 2005, the enrolment in government schools in the state has jumped to 83.6% in 2008.
They do not stop at that. Of the 25 lakh school dropouts who left the school in 2005, 18 lakh, in the age group of 6 to 14, have been successfully wood back to enroll again.
Rajesh Bhushan, director of the Bihar Education Project Council, credits the 'School Chale Hum' programme under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SAA) launched by the Nitish Kumar government for the rare feat.
The Centre, in recognition of the state government’s unprecedented in popularizing primary education, enhanced budgetary allocation for SAA for Bihar. This allocation earmarked Rs 4,299 crore for the year 2009-10.
As per Annual Status of Education Report 2008 (ASER) the percentage of out-of-school girls too had dropped sharply. It was 20.1% in 2005. Now in the year 2009, it has come down to 2.92%.