The Government of India has invested in improving education through two key programs for universal access to, and retention in, secondary education. In Bihar, the Population Council found high levels of enrollment among younger adolescents, with limited gender disparity. Retention beyond elementary school, however, was low, and learning outcomes—literacy and numeracy—were poor. This policy brief focuses on two challenges to preparing Bihar's adolescents for the future: universal enrollment and retention in secondary school. The brief outlines recommendations that the government invest in secondary schooling, improve school facilities, support and evaluate quality teaching inputs and curriculum changes, remove economic and social barriers to enrollment and attendance, promote regular school attendance, and engage adolescents and parents to prioritize secondary education.
Desai, Sapna, Neelanjana Pandey, and Ashish Kumar Gupta. 2017. "Ensuring adolescents in Bihar stay—and learn—in school," Policy brief. New Delhi: Population Council.
Understanding the Lives of Adolescents and Young Adults (UDAYA)