Perception Survey to Understand Barriers and Enablers to Girls Secondary Education in Rajasthan Post COVID-19

IPE Global Limited

Education

Service: Research & Studies

Following the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Development Solutions in partnership with IDS Jaipur undertook a study in four districts of Rajasthan – Dausa, Karauli, Tonk and Udaipur to understand perceptions of girls and their parents, from marginalized communities, on girl’s education and the impact of COVID-19 on education and access to the pre-matric scholarships.

 

     Objectives: The objectives of the study were as follows: 

 

  • Understand the impact of Covid-19 on the lives of girls, with a focus on understanding the contexts and narratives on girl’s education, owing to Covid-19. 
  • Understand access (to), demand (for), and stakeholder perspectives on the pre-matric scholarship scheme.
  • Understand stakeholder expectations from the Government – in enabling opportunities for continued education for girls, more so in the context of Covid-19. 

 

 

Approach and methodology: A Mixed-method study design was used in the survey. Both quantitative and qualitative data was collected. The survey focused on girls in the age group 13-16 years and their parents. The qualitative data was collected through FGDs and IDIs with girls, parents, panchayat members, AWWs and teachers.

 

Results: Through findings of the study, various suggestions were recommended to the Government of Rajasthan, some namely: 

 

  • Immediate strengthening of the delivery of incentives and schemes.
  • Monitoring and engagement to enable reenrollment and retention in schools.
  • Interventions to overcome learning loss and time lost. 
  • Stronger implementation of child protection systems and redressal of abuse to check the rollback of the State’s gain in girls’ education.