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Primary completion rates across socio-religious communities in West Bengal

Husain, Zakir and Chatterjee, Amrita (2009): Primary completion rates across socio-religious communities in West Bengal. Published in: Economic and Political Weekly , Vol. XLIV, No. 15 (11. April 2009): pp. 59-67.


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Primary completion rates of Muslims in West Bengal are substantially lower than that of upper caste communities as well as backward castes, scheduled castes and tribes. Further, analysis of age-specific pcr indicates that differences in pcr between Muslims and other communities may have actually increased in recent years. An econometric analysis reveals that age, gender, household size and expenditure levels, education and gender of decision-maker, etc, are important determinants of these differences in pcr. But use of Census data and District Information System for Education statistics indicates that deficiencies in infrastructural facilities in Muslim-concentrated districts also have a significant role in the low pcrs of Muslim children.

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