In Jammu and Kashmir at least 34 percent of students at elementary level and 16 percent of students at primary level respectively discontinue their studies mid-way.
The official documents available with a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), has learnt that only 84 percent students up to fifth standard and 66 percent up to eighth standard are being retained to next level.
“The retention rate at primary level up to Grade-V is 84 percent and elementary level up to Grade-VIII is 66 percent only,” it reads.
The documents read that the retention rate at both the levels was below the national average.
According to the official figures, “The retention rate at secondary level has increased by 7 percent from the previous years.”
Meanwhile the Ministry of Education (MoE) has asked the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take initiatives for 100 percent retention of the children in the education system.
“The continued efforts and need based strategies are required to improve retention,” MoE said.
The documents further reveal that the analysis has suggested that there were a large number of repeaters and dropouts at the upper primary level as compared to primary level.
A day before, KNO reported that 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. (KNO)