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Table 2 Educational status of adolescent girls in the study area

From: Adolescent girls’ health, nutrition and wellbeing in rural eastern India: a descriptive, cross-sectional community-based study

  10–14 years 15–19 years Total
N % N % N %
Literacy
 Cannot read 260 14.6 347 22.5 607 18.3
 Reads with difficulty 677 38.0 311 20.2 988 29.7
 Reads easily 845 47.4 884 57.3 1729 52.0
School attendance
 Never attended school 65 3.7 208 13.5 273 8.2
 Previously attended school 136 7.6 624 40.5 760 22.9
 Currently attends school or college 1581 88.7 710 46.0 2291 68.9
Reasons for never attending school (n = 273) a
 Education not considered necessary 9 13.8 47 22.6 56 20.5
 Required for work on the family farm or in the family business 18 27.7 87 41.8 105 38.5
 Costs too much money 12 18.5 54 26.0 66 24.2
 Required for household work 35 53.8 110 52.9 145 53.1
Reasons for dropping out of school (n = 760) a
 Required for household work 57 41.9 228 36.5 285 37.5
 Required for work on the family farm or in the family business 31 22.8 140 22.4 171 22.5
 Failed exams 6 4.4 131 21.0 137 18.0
 Illness or death of family member 29 21.3 99 15.9 128 16.8
 Got married 2 1.5 114 18.3 116 15.3
 Absence in the past 2 weeks (n = 2267) 725 46.0 274 39.6 999 44.1
Reason for absence (n = 999)
 Festival 106 14.6 31 11.3 137 13.7
 Strikes/bandhs 13 1.8 7 2.6 20 2.0
 Required to work on family farm or in the family business 151 20.8 76 27.7 227 22.7
 Required for household work 195 26.9 69 25.2 264 26.4
 Death or illness of a family member 28 3.9 9 3.3 37 3.7
 Personal illness 139 19.2 33 12.0 172 17.2
 No reason 43 5.9 17 6.2 60 6.0
 Other 50 6.9 32 11.7 82 8.2
Received vocational training in the last year 12 0.7 33 2.1 45 1.4
  1. a Participants selected one or more options as appropriate