FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, March 20: Nearly a lakh of boys and girls dropped out or did not get enrolled in schools in the past four years in Meghalaya, School Education and Literacy Minister Deborah C Marak said on Monday.
Replying to queries raised by Congress legislators Dikkanchi D Shira, the Education Minister informed that the factors for the dropped out includes economic condition of rural mass, poor infrastructure of state government existing schools, lack of access to school due to small habitations, teacher behaviour and lack of training besides domestic and siblings care responsibility for girls.
The Education Minister also informed the House that a total of 97,089 students from 11 districts of the state dropped out or did not enrolled in schools from 2013 to 2107.
As per analyses, she said that rate of drop-out was higher with the boys rather than girls besides boys’ dropout are more in rural areas than urban areas.
The opposition alarmed at the drop-out rates figures, urged the government to adopt serious measures to bring back the drop-outs students to schools.
Independent legislator, Saleng Sangma asked the government to terminate the services of those teachers who failed to attend schools.
United Democratic Party legislator from West Shillong Paul Lyngdoh asked the government to create more vocational institutions to curb the worrisome dropout rates in the state.
Marak admitted that teachers in the remote areas of Garo Hills refused to attend schools due to threats by militants.
She, however, informed the House that her department has directed Deputy Commissioners in those affected to provide security to teachers to ensure their safety.
The Education Minister said the government through the intervention under SSA scheme to bring back children to school by setting up 418 special training centres across the state.
“A training module for out of school children has been developed and distributed to all children enrolled in the special training centres besides providing mid-day meal programmes. The department is holding household visits awareness programmes in area where number of dropout rate is high,” Marak informed.