Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Education in all government schools in the state will be free for girl students up to class 12th. The decision has been taken by the state government and is a major step towards breaking the male bastion in the state by facilitating education for women. According to sources, this initiative will help nearly 1.75 lakh girl students across the state. For the last few years, Haryana has been criticised for its skewed sex ratio, which was one of the lowest in the country. The decision to abolish tuition fee in government middle, high and plus 2 schools is a major step taken by the government to make it easier for orthodox families to treat girls on a par with boys in the matter of education.According to the education department, this scheme would provide all girl students free textbooks, computer classes, etc. All girls' schools in the state are being provided with modern science laboratory equipment and other infrastructure so that girls can receive the same level of education as boys. Initially, girls from class 1 to class VIII will be eligible for free books, but girls who do well in the primary and middle class examinations will be given financial incentives in terms of scholarships to continue their studies further. Other incentives to promote education among girls have also been introduced. Under the Rajiv Gandhi scholarship scheme, 38,733 students had been given scholarships and awards.