Hyderabad: Here is a fact about government school dropouts that not many in Hyderabad would be proud of.
In the academic year 2016-17, the capital had the highest number of dropouts in government schools in the State. According to data compiled by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), during 2016-17, the number of school children who had dropped out of schools in Hyderabad was at 4,133.
Contrary to the belief that dropouts were high among girls, the SSA data has revealed otherwise. Out of the total dropouts in Hyderabad, 2,149 were boys and 1,984 were girl dropouts, indicating that the dropout among girls in Hyderabad is less.
According to the SSA figures, the neighbouring Ranga Reddy district has witnessed only 246 dropouts out of which 112 were boys while the rest of 134 were girl students. The data reflected similar trend across Telangana. During the academic year, a total of 14, 739 school dropouts, 7, 647 were boys and 7092 were girls.
As per the survey, the dropout rate is more among upper primary and high school students. The survey said that boys were dropping out so that they can engage in work and contribute to the family income.
The survey said that on majority of the occasions, girls were sent to fields to pick cotton or got married at a very early age. Other reasons cited by the study for girls dropping out include distance of the school from their homes and migration of parents to cities.
SSA officials attribute high dropout in the city to floating population. “Several people come to the city in search of work and population here is floating. This apart, dropout among boys is because of that they are getting into work at the early age,” official said.
Despite efforts of the State government in providing basic amenities and quality teaching in government schools, the dropout levels in the State is worrisome, he said.