New Delhi: A study conducted by National Statistical Organisation found that as many as 59.7 percent of students in India still continue to walk to schools on foot. The numbers are higher in rural areas, with the percentage of girls travelling to schools on foot is higher than the average at 63 percent, while it is 57.9 percent for boys respectively.
The same trend is observed when data for rural and urban areas is looked at separately. While 61.4 per cent of boys walk to school in rural areas, the percentage of girls stands at 66.5 and it is 57.9 per cent and 62 per cent respectively in urban areas.
The second most preferred mode of travel is public transport, with 12.4 per cent of the students using it in the country. In rural areas, 11.3 per cent of students use public transport to travel to school while a significantly higher percentage, 15.3, use it in urban areas.
Information was also collected on how regularly students availed the concessional fare in public transport for attending educational institutions. As many as 48.3 per cent students who received concession used public transport, this number being higher in rural areas (51.3 per cent) than in urban areas (42.7 per cent).