The dropout rates of students in government-sponsored schools have plummeted in the last one year. This was stated by the State Education minister in the Assembly on November 19, in reply to a question.
The minister also said that the student-teacher ratio would be rationalised soon for the betterment of overall education at school level.
The minister presented comprehensive data on the school dropout rates, level by level, which is presented below (for academic year 2016-17 and 2017-18):
- Primary: 3.85% to 2.12% (decrease by 44.94%)
- Upper primary: 7.5% to 0.17% (decrease by 97.63%)
- Secondary (Madhyamik): 26.32% to 14.64% (decrease by 44.38%)
- Higher Secondary (Uccha Madhyamik): 21.52% to 11.04% (decrease by 48.61%)
Regarding teacher-student ratio, he categorically stated that the rationalisation process for making the teacher-student ratio to 1:20 has already been started, and would be completed within the next two to three months.
West Bengal is steadily coming out of the shadows of the CPM misrule in every sphere, be it education, health or industries.
The Annual Status of Education Reports 2014 (ASER) states that in the fields of reading English and Bengali and solving arithmetic at primary level, students of the State are far ahead of the National Average.
The survey was conducted among 5.70 lakh students aged between 3 and 16, from 16 thousand 497 villages of 577 districts in the country.
In the criteria where third standard students could read books of the first standard, the national average in 2012 had been 40.4 while Bengal’s average was 45.6. In the 2014 survey, the national average is 40.3 whereas the State’s average is 56.2.
In the criteria where fifth standard students could read books of the third standard, the national average in 2012 had been 48.3 while Bengal’s average was 48.9. In the 2014 survey, the national average is 48.1 whereas the State’s average is 53.1.
In the criteria where third standard students could do arithmetic like subtraction, the national average in 2012 had been 19.8 while Bengal’s average was 25.1. In the 2014 Survey, the national average has fallen to 17.3 whereas the State’s average rose to 33.0.
Incidentally, the school dropout rate among girl students has also decreased in the State after the introduction of Kanyashree project in 2012.
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