Nagaland has the highest dropout rate at primary level of 19.4 per cent in the country while most other north eastern states have a dropout rate far above the national average.
In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said, “Overall the annual average dropout rate at primary level has reduced from 5.6 per cent during 2012-13 to 4.3 per cent during 2014-15.”
In a written reply to a separate question, Irani said lack of toilet facilities in schools for girl child has been one of the reasons for girls to dropout from schools.
According to details of the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) shared by the minister, in 2014-15 Nagaland had the highest annual average dropout rate of 19.4 per cent closely followed by Manipur at 18 per cent.
Several other north eastern states – Mizoram (13 per cent), Arunachal Pradesh (10.9 per cent), Meghalaya (10.3 per cent) – have a dropout rate in double figures, far above the national avarage.
Assam has a dropout rate of 7.4 per cent while Sikkim had a dropout rate of 4.6 per cent during 2014-15. Tripura, however, was an exception, showing a dropout rate of 3.6 percent, lower than the national average.
While most of the states have shown a decline in dropout rate, the figure has increased in most of the north eastern states.
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