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School dropout rate in State declining

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SHILLONG, Feb 24: The school dropout rate in the State of Meghalaya is declining by the day in both the ‘Lower Primary’ and ‘Upper Primary’ school as revealed in a study report by the District Information System for Education (UDISE).

As per the report by UDISE for the year 2014-15, in ‘Lower Primary’ and ‘Upper Primary’ levels, in West Garo Hills the number of dropout stands at 10.38 per cent and 5.22 per cent, East Garo Hills – 11.13 per cent and 10.64 per cent, South Garo Hills – 14.29 per cent and 5.69 per cent, West Khasi Hills – 12.16 per cent and 16.34 per cent, Ri-Bhoi – 8.04 per cent and 12.13 per cent, East Khasi Hills – 4.00 per cent and 4.05 per cent, West Jaintia Hills – 10.81 per cent and 5.00 per cent, North Garo Hills – 15.63 per cent and 1.10 per cent, East Jaintia Hills – 9.43 per cent and 12.00 per cent, South West Khasi Hills – 18.87 per cent and 6.87 per cent and South West Garo Hills – 17.99 per cent and 5.40 per cent.

In terms of dropouts of school students (Male and Female) in Lower Primary’ is 10.34 per cent (Male – 11.30 per cent & Female – 9.39 per cent) while in ‘Upper Primary’ it’s at 6.82 per cent (Male – 6.30 per cent & Female – 7.29 per cent).

While turning to the report for the year 2015-16, the number of dropouts for both male and female in West Garo Hills stands at 7.97 per cent and 5.19 per cent, East Garo Hills – 9.25 per cent and 1.92 per cent, South Garo Hills – 12.09 per cent and 8.30 per cent, West Khasi Hills – 11.89 per cent and 15.06 per cent, Ri-Bhoi – 9.98 per cent and 9.20 per cent, East Khasi Hills – 3.19 per cent and 3.57 per cent, West Jaintia Hills – 8.94 per cent and 6.67 per cent, North Garo Hills – 11.69 per cent and 0.78 per cent, East Jaintia Hills – 15.41 per cent and 15.17 per cent, South West Khasi Hills – 19.40 per cent and 8.85 per cent, South West Garo Hills – 14.49 per cent and 8.72 per cent.

In ‘Lower Primary’, the presence of male and female students who have dropout from school stands at 9.46 per cent (Male – 10.35 per cent & Female – 8.56 per cent) and in ‘Upper Primary’ its 6.67 per cent (Male – 6.94 per cent & Female – 6.42 per cent). In the report, it was revealed the number of dropouts in ‘Lower Primary’ was decreased from 10.34 per cent in the year 2014-15 to 9.46 per cent in the year 2015-16 and in ‘Upper Primary’ the trend has also decreased from 6.82 per cent (2014-15) to 6.67 per cent (2015-16).

While speaking to this scribe, Ambrose Ch. Marak, Director of Directorate of School Education & Literacy (DSEL) said the number of school dropouts in the state is declining every passing year in both the ‘Lower Primary’ and ‘Upper Primary.’

“In Khasi and Jaintia hills, we have been visiting one Block to another with an aim to make the people aware on the importance of education. We also urge the village elders and traditiol heads to cooperate with the department so that we will not leave behind any one,” he said.

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