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The number of children leaving school in nursery is continuously increasing in this state of the country, the reality revealed in the economic survey.

In Assam, the north-eastern state of the country, the trend of dropout of students in primary schools run by the state government has been increasing continuously for many years. This has come to light in the latest economic survey of Assam. According to the report, such a situation exists when many campaigns are being run by the state government to improve the situation. The Economic Survey of Assam conducted for the year 2023-24 said that the average annual dropout rate in state-run lower primary schools was 8.49 percent during the year 2022-23.

Continuously increasing dropout rate

According to the data of Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE), the dropout rate in lower primary schools was 3.1 percent during the year 2018-19, which increased to 4.3 percent in 2019-20 and reached 6.02 percent in 2021-22. . According to the report, if we talk about upper primary schools, the drop out rate here during the year 2021-22 was 8.81 percent, which increased to 10.33 percent in 2022-23. According to the Economic Survey, the ratio of children reaching primary to upper primary schools in the state is 89.7 percent.

Which area has the highest drop out rate?

If we talk about lower primary schools, the highest drop out rate was recorded in South Salmara. Here 22.52 percent dropout was recorded in the last financial year. After this, Karimganj is at second place, where there was 14.54 percent dropout. Talking about the lowest dropout rate, it was only 4.02 percent recorded in Sivasagar. Even at the upper primary level, the highest dropout rate during the year 2022-23 was 32.39 percent in South Salmara district, while the lowest dropout rate was recorded in Sivasagar at 4.03 percent.

How many primary schools in Assam?

It is noteworthy that there are 33,937 government and provincial lower primary schools in Assam. Of these, 32,860 schools are in rural areas, while 1077 schools are in urban areas. There are a total of 5815 upper primary schools in the state, of which 5511 are in rural areas and 294 are in urban areas. According to the Economic Survey, even though the dropout rate is continuously increasing in Assam, the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) is increasing every year. Talking about the GER of classes 1 to 8, it was 107.4 percent in the year 2019-20, which decreased to 104.5 percent in 2020-21, but during 2021-22, the GER increased and it increased to 109.8 percent.< /p>

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