Dropout rate of Schedule Tribe community students very high in Kashmir schools: MoE

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Gujjar bakerwal students outside their makeshift tent in Kashmir. [File Photo]

Srinagar: The dropout rate of students in several districts, particularly among Schedule Tribe (ST) communities, is very high at all school levels across Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the official documents of the Ministry of Education (MoE) available with the news agency Kashmir News Observer, “The annual average dropout rate at the secondary level in the year 2020-21 was 3 percent.”

“However, it is important to note that the dropout rate among the ST children is still very high,” MoE said.

Stating the dropout rate, the MoE said, “It is also important to mention that the dropout rate in certain districts is very high.

It states that the Kishtwar district has a dropout rate of 8.27 percent at the primary level, followed by 6.52 percent in Rajouri at upper primary level and 5.96 percent in Shopian district.

The MoE also said that at the secondary level district of Ramban there was a dropout rate of 27.28 percent and 12.10 percent in Kishtwar district respectively.

It said that the administration of Jammu and Kashmir needs to start identifying the issues of dropouts.

“To meet the target, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir should expedite community-based surveys identifying issues for such dropouts,” MoE said.


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