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Dropout rate high in Telangana

Dropout rate high in Telangana
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Dropout Rate High In Telangana. The new government has an uphill task to reduce the dropout rate (students who remain up to Class V after joining in...

Govt schools to resume today after summer vacation

40 per cent schools lack toilets and drinking water facilities

Hyderabad: The new government has an uphill task to reduce the dropout rate (students who remain up to Class V after joining in Class I) which is as high as 22.32 per cent, according to official figures. The dropout rate in residuary Andhra Pradesh state is just 3.2 per cent.

The dropout is SCs in Telangana is 21.4 per cent whereas in AP, it’s 5.98 per cent. Among STs, it is even more, while in Telangana, the dropout rate is a whopping 39.09 per cent whereas in AP, it’s 19.19 per cent.

A closer look at Class I to Class X figures reveal that 38 per cent of students in Telangana and 26 per cent In AP have been opting out of school or joining somewhere else.

Failure of rigorous campaign from government end resulted in increase in dropout rate, according to observers. Perhaps keeping this in mind, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has asked Minister for Education, Jagadeeswar Reddy to focus on reducing the drop- out rate among SCs and STs.

The government schools are getting reopened on Thursday after a 45-day summer vacation. Though the government was able to distribute text books of SSC and ninth classes, it failed to distribute books of other classes. Officials said it will take one more month for the entire distribution.

Another distressing fact is nearly 40 per cent of government schools in both the states lack basic amenities like toilets and safe drinking water. Though officials claim that they have indeed provided the facilities, there were no proper arrangements for maintenance. Officials blame SMCs (School Management Committees) for this lacuna.

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