60% Indian kids go to school on foot: Survey
Around 60% of students in India go to their schools on foot with the number being significantly higher in rural areas and for primary and upper primary students. Overall, more girls walk to school (62%) than boys (57.9%). The second most preferred mode of travel is public transport (12.4%), followed by bicycle (11.3%), according to the National Statistical Organisation’s (NSO) latest report on education.
The report says three-fourth of the primary and upper-primary students travel by foot, which comes down significantly in the secondary and above levels. Bicycles are a mode of transport for more than one fourth of students in secondary and senior secondary schools.
Distance of the institute from home, as seen during the survey, seems to be in sync with the mode of travel as 77% of the households have a pre-primary school within 2 km, 83.4% for primary and 75.3% for upper-primary, the levels where majority of the students travel on foot.
It reveals that while 61.4% male students from rural areas travel on foot, it is 49.4% for urban areas. In case of girls, it is 66.5% for rural areas and 50.8% for urban. For public transport, the survey included buses, trams, trains, metro trains and ferries and not tacab, carpooling, or hired buses.
While use of bicycles is significantly higher among rural students (12.6%) as compared to 7.6% in urban areas, the survey found over 12% of urban students travel to schools by transport provided by the employers of their parents. The figure is 4% for rural students.
The report on “Household Social Consumption: Education”, surveyed 1.13 lakh households spread over 8,000 villages and 6,000 urban blocks between July, 2017 and June 2018. It involved 1.52 lakh students across different levels of study.
As per distribution of students by distance to educational institution, it finds that as the level of schooling goes up, number of schools in close promity decreases. For example, while for 70.4% of the households have a school till upper-primary classes within one km range, it falls to 36.2% for secondary level and further to 22.2% for senior secondary level.
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so it that a crime? or a Shame? rather encourage kids to walk to school it will keep them healthy!
Healthy strong kids. Walking to school should be made compulsory everywhere.
Absurdity. Walking doesn't make you strong on its own. If you don't have proper nutritional intake, walking for miles can be harmful. Not to mention how much kids have to be sweat.
Walking is very good exercise. I also walked to school and it improved my health and made more me more aware of the people and things in my environment
what's the problem? who junk fellows do this survey?
What is wrong? Should they go to school in aeroplane??? Walking is good for health
I used to walk a km one way.. and i loved it. It made me aware of my surrounding. It gave me time to think about myself and it was good exercise for me.. chalega India toh aage badega india
Misleading news by anti-Indians. Most schools in India are within a mile of home. Even in the US, most children living less than a mile away from school, walk to school, as School Bus facilities are not provided.
BETTER TO GO ON WALKING. EXCESS COMFORT MAKE THEM LAZY.
it's not bad for childrens. walking 2 km good for health. if they don't do so then after some months news paper will have been written that 60 % children of India are suffering from fat and high calostrol.
I think this is something we should be happy about. It is always good to walk. A little older and they would only have thumb excercise using the mobile phones
What is the intent of this report? Creating sensation? Walking 2 Km for school, is not a bad thing, even for pre-school children. It is healthy and keeps children fit. What should be worked on is the providing safe passage free from roadside criminals, praying and harassing kids, and traffic accidents.
Most of the older population must have walked to their schools, which in no way stopped their progress. Our ex-PM Lal bahadur Sastri even swam to reach his school.
Walking to school should be encouraged as it is a very good exercise to keep kids fit and healthy; cycling is also good for health and environment
I also went to school by foot... Was healthy and energetic.... Nothing wrong in it
What is wrong in walking to school? some people waste time in useless surveys.
60 yrs back perhaps 100% walked to school or market place and that was healthy, pollution free.
This is ninsense news - going by foot is good for health and if i had choice near 01 km my home my chilren alos i insist go by foot
What is wrong about walking to school? In our school life, we enjoyed walking, talking while going and coming back home. Walking is good for health, during walking students make friends with other children.
it shows we have school in walkable distance and kids off to the school by walk is good for health
What's wrong in it. In developed countries childhood obesity is increasing. Atleast walking is like physical exercise.
And our focus is on statues and temples..hmm
What a useless survey
This is the reason indians have better immunity, the death rate in India is minimum in the world in compare to population density.