Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Chandigarh, July 30
The student dropout rate among Scheduled Castes (SC) during Covid-19 in Haryana was the highest in the region.
According to the response of the Ministry of Education during the Lok Sabha Question Time, the overall school dropout rate in Haryana in 2020-2021 was 10.8% for secondary grades (grades IX and X ), with 12.2% for boys and 8.9%. % for the girls.
However, in the case of SCs, it was higher at 14.9%, with 17.3% for boys and 12.2% for girls. For Muslims, it was worse at 19.4%, including 20.1% for boys and 18% for girls. Haryana has over 20% SC population.
For OBCs, the overall dropout rate in 2020-2021 was 11.9% in Haryana and for Sikhs it was 13.7%. Among Christian students, it reached 31.5%.
In the case of Punjab, the overall secondary school dropout rate in 2020-2021 was 9%, while for SC it was 6.9% and among Muslims the figure was 11 .7%. For Christians it was 9.3% and among Sikh students it was 7.4%.
The overall school dropout rate in Himachal Pradesh (HP) in 2020-2021 was 7.6%, while for SCs it was higher at 10.7% and 24% for Muslims . For Christians it was 34.2% and for Sikhs it was 29.3%.
The Lok Sabha was informed on July 25 that during the pandemic, the Ministry of Education has taken various measures to ensure continued access to education, which is available for every category of students, regardless of their region or their economic level. PM e-Vidya was launched with the aim of unifying all efforts related to online education to enable multimodal access to education.
A comprehensive Covid action plan was shared with states and UTs on May 4, 2021, outlining the role of local agencies, formation of nodal group at village or town level, conducting door-to-door surveys -door to identify -schoolchildren, their integration and the sharing of resources.
It was also informed that NCERT had also developed bridging course modules for out-of-school children including various useful activities to bridge learning gaps and it was also suggested that States prepare and implement relay course in the classrooms for the first. or two months for each class.