All the schools in India come under the governance of respective boards under which they function. Now, there are various State Boards of Education, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council for Indian School Certificate Examination and National Institute of Open Schooling which look after school examination in India. Today, Schools provide education to all and provide cost free or concession based education to the underprivileged. At present, under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, books and stationery are provided to Girls, Schedule Caste and Scheduled Tribe students in Bihar up to the elementary level, that is Class VIII. There are more schools than ever before and the literacy rate has improved to a large extent in spite of many deficiencies in the education system.
Stages or Levels of School Education in India
Primary School Education – Primary School Education is provided from 1st Class to 5th Class. The children admitted in these school are generally aged between 6-11 years.
Middle School Education – Education which is provide from 6th class to 8th Class is called Middle School Education. Children reaching this level are generally aged between 11-14 years.
Secondary School Education – Secondary stage of school education starts from 9th class onwards to 12th class. Students studying at this level are generally aged between 14-17 years.