Hyderabad: Telangana government has a reason to cheer after the school drop-out rate decreased by more than five percent in the last fiscal.

According to the data provided by the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE), the drop-out rate of both boys and girls at the secondary level was recorded at 17.1% in 2017-18 compared to 22.5% in 2016-2017. However, the data for 2017-18 is provisional and may change.

Other States School Drop Out Rate

The dropout out rate is less at the primary level than the secondary level. Drop out rate at the primary level was 3.5% in 2017-18 compared to 7.6% in 2016-17

The data further revealed that the drop-out rate of boys was more compared to girls. An official of the education department said there is a lack of awareness among parents, which results in a substantial dropout from schools. “We have seen how parents force their sons and daughters to quit school. Girls are married off and boys are asked to supplement the family income,” he said.

According to Union Ministry of Human resources and Development, the reasons for students’ dropout include “poverty, child suffering from poor health, a child too young to be attending school, child needed to help in domestic work etc.”

As far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned, the secondary school drop-out rate is at 22.9% for 2017-2018. While the information for the previous year is not available, the number has increased from 2015-16, when the dropout rate was 15.71 %.

School Drop Out Rate In Telangana

Interestingly, zero dropouts was recorded in primary schools of Andhra Pradesh in 2017-2018. The number shows a steady decrease from 6.7% in 2015-16 and 1.9% in 2016-17.

Among all the states, Assam ranks first with the highest dropout rate of 33.7% at the secondary level, closely followed by Bihar at 32%.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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