India was able to decrease its number of out of school children virtually 16 million between 2000 and 2012, driving progress in South Asia, but it still has 1.4 million children do not attend primary school as mentioned in the report of the United Nations said.
Much of the global progress since 2000, reducing the number of school children was due to a small number of countries, with India alone, plummeting the number of-school children-nearly 16 million between 2000 and 2011.
In relative terms, 42 countries were able to more than halve the number of primary-school children in the period between 2000 and 2012, including Algeria, Burundi, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Iran, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zambia.
However, despite this impressive progress in many countries, about nine percent of all children of primary school age around the world — eight percent of boys and 10% girls still out of school in 2012. The majority, 31 of 58 million school children were girls. In India, 58.81 million girls and 63.71 million boys of primary school age. As at 2011, 1.4 million children of primary school age do not attend school in India, with 18% of girls in schools and 14% of boys.