MPA govt instructs NEHU to investigate reasons of school dropouts

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Shillong, Apr 1 (UNI) Concerned with high rate of school dropouts, the ruling Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) has entrusted the North Eastern Hills University (NEHU) with the task to find out the reasons behind the current education scenario in the state.

Official sources said here today that in 2007, the state Education department registered an overall 72.40 per cent school dropout rate against the 2003 census, which recorded the dropout rate at the primary school level at 22.24 per cent and 7.89 per cent at upper primary level.

The gender-wise dropout rates from Class I to Class X were 73.11 per cent among boys and 71.67 per cent among girls.

The break-up of the dropout rates was 29.91 per cent (boys) and 30.7 per cent (girls) from Class I to Class IV, 15.42 per cent (boys) and 15.52 per cent (girls) from Class V to Class VII, 59.27 per cent (boys) and 59.10 per cent (girls) from Class I to Class VIII, 14.88 per cent (boys) and 14.34 per cent (girls) from Class VIII to Class X.

''We have entrusted the NEHU with the task to conduct a detailed study on the causes of school dropouts and how to prevent them,'' state Higher and Technical Education Minister Manas Chaudhuri told UNI here today.

He said the survey report will be submitted to the Education department within two months.

Stating that the government was seriously concerned with the problem, the minister said the MPA government would take a decision on dealing with the problem after receiving the survey report.

He said he himself would personally visit various schools in the state in the coming months to sensitise teachers about the issue, besides taking other steps to activate the inspection staff.

''We have also decided to invite suggestions and views from individuals, retired teachers, academicians and NGOs on the draft education policy to ensure that the problem is sorted out,'' the journalist-turned-education minister said.


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