What are obstacles in Girls’ Education in India?

It is rightly stated that “Educating a boy is educating a person… Educating a girl is educating a nation”. Some of the major barriers which stand for girls education are as follows-

  • Lack of consciousness amongst the female members to be educated.
  • Lack of safe transportation for girls to go to school.
  • Financial constraints in the family.
  • Conservative mentality.
  • The task of performing domestic duties at home such as cleaning, washing, etc.
  • The lack of women teachers in primary and middle schools has been a major factor for low enrolment of girls.
  • Unwillingness of many parents to send their daughter to mixed schools.
  • Early Marriage age in many states acts as an obstacle.

Some of the major initiatives for promotion of girls’ education include Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao; Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV); Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. Further, the following suggestions you may write in your answers:

  • Serious efforts must be made by the government in collaboration with civil society wherein awareness must be created amongst the parents for promoting girls education.
  • Use of media in portraying a positive image of women.
  • Financial assistance to poverty stricken families.
  • Counselling of parents and children from unprivileged families.

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