//50 per cent of out-of-school children girls

50 per cent of out-of-school children girls

Lok Satta conducts survey; 5 per cent dropout rate in 6-16 age group

TADEPALLIGUDEM: A little over 50 per cent of the out of school children in West Godavari district are girls, according to a survey conducted by the Lok Satta district unit.

Lok Satta district unit president G. Janakirama Raju released copies of the survey report at a press conference here on Monday. The district registered a 5 per cent dropout rate in the 6-16 age group as against the national average of 6 per cent. Beating students and the inability on the part of students to compete with their counterparts in terms of academic performance were found to be the major factors, among others, contributing to the incidence of dropouts.

The enrolment rate was registered at 99.6 per cent. The survey was carried out in 20 villages in different parts of the district by 1,200 schoolchildren in 6-14 age group as a sample.

Gender bias –Gender discrimination was observed in terms of the parents’ choice with respect to the `quality’ of education. The boy-girl percentage in convents was found to be at 59.6-40.4. Poor learning levels were also observed in VI-VIII standard students who could not even read small paragraphs and solve simple mathematical problems in both private and Government schools.