Educational Status of Tea Plantation Women Workers in Assam: An Empirical Analysis
A large proportion of tea plantation workers in India are still women, most of whom are illiterate or educationally backward. Since independence, the Government of India has been implementing various policies for accelerating the women’s overall education, literacy rate as well as to reduce the school drop-out rates. Some of such educational policies include Mahila Samakhy, District Primary Education Programme, Mid-Day Meal Scheme, Sarva Sikha Abhijan, National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level and various schemes under the Department of Women and Child Development. Despite the various educational policies, high percentage of illiteracy still exists among women labourers of tea garden compared to other occupations. The present paper attempts to examine the educational status of women workers in tea plantation. The present paper attempts to examine the present status of women education in the tea gardens; examining the factors responsible for low literacy rate and school drop-outs among girls in the tea gardens; impact of women workers’ literacy on kids’ education; and suggesting some remedial measures for improvement of women education in sample areas.
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