Education, Language and
EL, GS, CT, and JH
Laura Truitt, Teacher
Only one Indian in three can read. Because sons are
more valuable than daughters, they are often sent to school. Only
about 50% of India's children attend school. Some kids stay home and
do stuff like take care of the family. Some children can't even do
work because they are busy. In cities, many children help their parents
earn a living instead of going to school. Sometimes girls stay at
home to do housework or look after younger brothers or sisters. With
so many responsibilities, many children do not finish their schooling.
Children have their last exam in tenth grade because from tenth grade
you go to the universities. Children must be able to read, write and
speak English by then.
LanguageThere are about 18 languages in India. They are Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujavati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Manipuri, Mavathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Sindhi. Two of the most important are Hindi and Bengali.
Hindi is from New Delhi. Bengali is from Calcutta.
India's most famous writer, Rabindranath Tagore, wrote prose and poetry and was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913.