Dropout rates in govt-sponsored schools significantly down

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.

WB CM felicitates 2015 HS and Madhamik toppers at Town Hall

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee today felicitated the top achievers of Madhyamik and Uccha Madhyamik (HS) Examinations 2015. The West Bengal Government under the initiative of the Chief Minister has made it a practice to felicitate the achievers and encourage them in for future days.

The top achievers of Madhyamik and Uccha Madyamik Examination 2015, were presented with books and laptops. After the felicitation ceremony, the Chief Minister listened to the students who had personal problems and immediately directed the officials to take steps.

The Chief Minister in her brief speech said that the students present there were the future of the Nation but they should never forget their roots in Bengal, wherever they will be in future days. He urged the students to motivate other students as they had been motivated by their teachers and family members. She said that she was very happy to see that even districts which are far flung have also produced excellent results.

The West Bengal Chief Minister said that plans will be made so that workshops may be organised for the Kanyashree girls where these top achievers may find some time and motivate the girl students.

The Chief Minister said to the students that wherever they go and whatever they do in their future days, her blessing will always be with them because they can fulfill the dreams and make Bengal proud.