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School drop-out rates highest in Assam

Date: 06 February 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices

Issue

State-wise figures tabled in Lok Sabha showed that the dropout rate in schools is the highest in Assam, at both primary and secondary levels.

 

Background

Dropout rate refers to the percentage of students that do not complete their high school education.

 

Details

  • The dropout rate in Assam at primary level was 10.1% in 2017-18, followed by Arunachal Pradesh (8.1), Mizoram (8), Uttar Pradesh (8) and Tamil Nadu (5.9).

  • At secondary level, Assam’s dropout rate was 33.7%, followed by Bihar (32), Odisha (28.3), Tripura (27.2) and Karnataka (24.3).

  • The dropout rate among boys in primary schools in Assam was 11.2%, followed by Arunachal Pradesh (10), Mizoram (8.6), Uttar Pradesh (7.2) and Odisha (6).

  • For girls at primary level, the highest five dropout rates were in Assam (8.9), Mizoram (7.4), Uttar Pradesh (7.1), Arunachal Pradesh (6.1) and Tamil Nadu (6).

  • At secondary level, the dropout rates for boys were 32.1% in Assam, followed by Bihar (30.3), Odisha (28.7), Tripura (27.1) and Karnataka (26.4).

  • Among girls in secondary school, the highest five dropout rates were in Assam (35.2%), followed by Bihar (33.7), Odisha (27.8), Tripura (27.3) and Madhya Pradesh (24.2).

  • The reasons for children dropping out include poverty or economic reasons, poor health, a child too young to be attending school and a child needed for help in domestic work.

  • Poverty, availability and accessibility are the three big reasons why children drop out of school. While India has made significant progress in raising enrollment rates for primary education schools have been less successful at preventing dropouts during this critical learning phase.

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