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High drop-out rate in schools

English and mathematics are the biggest contributors for the dropouts by educationally weaker sections.

education Updated: Jul 05, 2006 13:42 IST

A possible solution to high drop out rate among educationally weaker section apparently lies in making Mathematics and English not mandatory for promotion of a student in secondary education.

This is the view of both the National Commission for Minority Education Institutions (NCMEI) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which also believes that the two subjects are the biggest contributors for high drop out rates in the government schools.

 School drop out rates

Muslim : 9.97 %

SC :     8.17 %

ST :     9.54 %

OBC :    6.91 %

Others : 3.73 %

Girls : 10.03 %

Boys :  6.46 %

A survey by the Elementary Education department of the HRD ministry proves this point. It shows that the highest drop-out rate is of educationally backward sections like Muslims, followed by SC, ST and OBC students.

As compared to high figure of drop out rate of educationally weaker sections, the dropout rate for upper castes is just 3.73 per cent. “They are better when it comes to Maths and English and that is the possible reason for their success,” commented an official.

With a backing from the CBSE, the NCMEI is planning to submit a proposal to the Ministry of HRD for framing a national policy on not considering the marks for maths and English while promoting a student till secondary level.