E-journal of All India Association for Educational Research (EJAIAER)
VOL.20 Nos: 3 & 4 September & December, 2008
ROLE OF EDUCATION ON FERTILITY AND MORTALITY BEHAVIOUR
The three prime demographic parameters viz. - fertility, mortality and migration depend on many socio-economic variables like- urbanization, economic condition, role of religion, family system, occupation of the couple, social status of the women, political factors and education. All of them have strong impact on the all three above mentioned demographic parameters and education being one of them also has influence on the demographic parameters. Education and fertility have close relationship. It is because of the following reasons. Educated women are quite conscious of having a limited family size. At an age when there have very bright chances of having good fertility, the girls are in the colleges and university and thus do not get children, while during this period uneducated girls get. In many cases educated women get employed and with employment they cannot afford to have more children. Span of child producing time in the case of educated women is much less, as compared with illiterate women. Similarly education has role on mortality and migration. The educated persons are more conscious as well as aware of the health problems and so mortality is less among them. Education is one of the important factors in the push-pull theory of migration. Educated persons are often welcome at the source of destination because of their skill as well as eligibility. On the other hand, uneducated persons are not sought at the place of destination and so they have to stay at the place of origin, even against their will.
broad objective was
to trace the cause of abnormal high population growth prevailing among the
inhabitants of CHAR areas of western and middle
STUDY AREA AND DATA
of launching several schemes by the Assam government for upliftment
of the people living in the CHARS , the socio economic condition
of the people living
in these areas of western and
middle Assam (Nalbari and Borpeta
are two districts located in this part of Assam), as a whole
is worse than the socio –economic condition
of people living in other parts of Assam , even Majuli
(a CHAR in Jorhat district). So far as socio-economic
and demographic factors are concerned, no significant differences are observed
between the people living in Majuli and people living
in other parts of
To measure the role of education on fertility and mortality, educational attainment of the female has been considered as the indicator of education, on the other hand infant mortality (mortality within the first year of life), marital fertility (fertility of married female i.e. only legitimate births are considered) and usual fertility are employed as indicators of mortality and fertility. Regarding infant mortality, percentage of infant died /alive is computed. Again average children ever born per married female is calculated to measure the impact of education on marital fertility. On the other hand-Age Specific Fertility Rate (A.S.F.R.) and Total Fertility Rate (T.F.R.) are calculated to measure the impact of education on fertility. Where A.S.F.R. for the age group (x- x+5) is defined as 5mx = (Births to females in the age group (x- x+5))/ (Females in the age group (x- x+5)) and T.F.R is defined as 5x? 5mx.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Following are the findings based on above stated technique. It was found that literacy of mother distinctly reduces the risk of infant mortality in comparison to illiteracy. So by improving the educational system a check on mortality can be made. Interestingly regarding fertility and educational status (based on highest qualification of the female) it has been observed that fertility is more or less low for illiterate, as revealed by A.S.F.R. or T.F.R. However in the very early age group (15-19 years), the fertility of illiterate female is highest except the females having education up to class –IV (L.P.), which is almost expected since basically there is no distinction between an illiterate married female and a female married just after pursuing education up to class-IV. On the basis of T.F.R. it is seen that the illiterate females have had the least fertility, the possible reason of this might be that, a small portion of female is within the literate group and all of these small section might be involved in the process of reproduction. it has been seen that for all the age groups number of females has been less for literates than illiterates and so all of this small section might be involved in the process of reproduction. However as the percentage of illiterate female is much larger than the literate female so a small fertility of these illiterate females might result in more absolute number of births. when educational attainment has gone up, marital fertility has gone down. Thus it can be said that fertility can be checked by imparting more and more education.
From this study it can be said that imparting education is very much necessary there in these areas (CHAR areas of Nalbari and Borpeta districts) because, fertility and mortality is very high in these areas and checking these high fertility and mortality is the very need of the time. Moreover by imparting education this can be done there in these areas, because it has been observed that education has positive impact on fertility and mortality reduction in these areas also.