ASSESSING THE ENROLLMENT AND PRIMARY EDUCATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE OF RURAL WEST BENGAL, INDIA: A DISTRICT LEVEL ANALYSIS

Joy Karmakar

Abstract


The paper examines the enrollment of rural primary school of West Bengal and its Physical Infrastructure using the data of District Information System for Education data (DISE) 2012-13. It also tries to explore the relationship between the enrollment and school physical infrastructure. School infrastructure includes the drinking water facility, presence of the library at school, accessibility of functioning toilet for both girls and boys, mid-day meal scheme, availability of electricity, playground and separate kitchen at the school. High enrollment in some districts indicates the presence of fictitious student. It is found that there is a high correlation between enrollment and school physical infrastructure, midday meal, drinking water and presence of a teacher at the school is crucial for high enrollment at the rural primary school.


Keywords


: Accessibility; Enrollment; Fictitious Student; India; Primary Education; Rural West Bengal; School Infrastructure

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