Bhubaneswar, Feb 26 (LocalWire): The state government on Wednesday shed some light on the dark districts in Odisha where the drop outs of students mid way in their studies are reported the most.
According to the School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash, Raygada, Malkangiri and Puri in the state seemed to be most vulnerable to drop outs.
The information was made public inside the Odisha Assembly on Wednesday when the minister was asked by some legislators about the fate of government schools in the state, amenities provided to them by the state government and the levels of drop outs in the state.
The minister told the House through a written statement that the highest drop outs in the state under the primary schools are reported from Raygada which has the average annual drop out percentage of 11.67 per cent, the highest in the state.
According to the minister, the southern district of Malkangiri which is also the hotbed of Reds in the state also has the most drop outs when it comes to upper primary schools.
The minister said that the drop outs in the district stood as high as 13.78 percent.
The minister told the House that when it comes to senior secondary schools, the highest drop outs are reported from the Puri district which reported the maximum of 10.5 per cent average annual drop outs.
The state government on the other hand also informed the legislative assembly that it had been taking several initiatives to improve the education indicators and improve the drop outs of the students.
He said, “We are taking several initiatives to improve the drop outs in the state.
We are providing free uniforms, free textbooks, working on separate toilets for boys and girls and even extending the benefits of transport allowance to the students who are coming from far places.”