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Centre Records A Significant Decline In Dropout Rates Among School Girls. This Makes Us So Happy!

April 06, 2022 | by Ritu Sanghvi

There is no denying that the government along with the NGOs and other organizations are taking measures to ensure that girls and women get their basic rights. Especially for young girls who are denied something as basic as the right to education. And these efforts that they are taking our showing. Trust me, this is not what I’m saying, rather this is what our Union Minister Annpurna Devi told the Parliament. Yep, Annpurna Devi, a member of the Lok Sabha told other members of the parliament that there has been a decline in the dropout rates among school girls. Isn’t this just the best news!?

On Monday, Union Minister Annpurna Devi addressed the other parliamentarians and informed them that there has been a significant drop in the number of school girls who are dropping out. She said that the dropout rates at a primary level fell to 1.2% (2019-2020) and at the secondary level, it fell to 18.4% (2017-2018).

It was when DK Suresh, a Congress Member of the Parliament, asked in the Lok Sabha whether there has been an increase in the dropout rates among school girls, did Union Minister Annpurna Devi replied saying there has been a constant and consistent decrease in the rates of school girls dropping out. 

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As per reports, she further cited data from the Union education ministry’s database UDISE/UDISE and said that Bihar has the highest drop-out rate at the primary level – 13.3 % (2017-18), 12.9% (2018-19), and 9.2% (2019-20). And at the secondary education level, it is Assam with the highest drop-out rate – 35.2% (2017-2018) and 32.9% (2019-2020). It is Arunachal Pradesh that reported the highest dropout rate – 35% (2018-2019). 

Annpurna Devi further mentioned that there were many schools that were opened in the neighbourhoods and the school students were also provided with free textbooks and uniforms for Class 7. They also are provided with separate toilets for boys and girls. She further mentioned that efforts are being taken to reduce gender gaps at all levels of school education. Speaking about the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas, the Union Minister said, “These schools are residential from classes 6 to 12 for girls belonging to disadvantaged groups.” So far, there are 1,05,018 schools across the country wherein 665000 girls are enrolled.

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Union Minister Annpurna Devi further added, “Additionally, all States and UTs [Union territories] have been requested to proactively track girls as well as transgender children, who are not enrolled in schools or have dropped out of school without completing their school education and get them admitted in age-appropriate classes in schools.”

Amidst all the negative news we hear about women and girls, this one is like coming up for a breath of fresh air. I’m so glad that things are slowly but surely changing for the better. 

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