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Tracking system to be introduced in Bihar to curb high school dropout rates

The dropout rate in Bihar between children from primary to secondary levels is approximately 32 per cent at present, and 34 per cent of them are girls.

In an attempt to check the dropout rate among children in Bihar, a first-of-its-kind tracking system is set to be introduced by the state education department. 

The dropout rate in Bihar between children from primary to secondary levels is approximately 32 per cent at present, and 34 per cent of them are girls.

The state education department, expressing their concern, decided to prepare a system that would ascertain when and how many children drop out of school.

According to principal secretary of the education department Sanjay Kumar, once the system is developed and introduced, it will help track the dropout rate of children in schools and also of those pursuing technical or professional education.

The system will be introduced for around three crore students enrolled in over 78,000 government schools from classes 1 to 12.

“It will take six months to put it (the system) in place,” The New Indian Express quoted Kumar as saying.

Once enrolled, the performances of the children can be tracked by the government till they graduate.

Referring to a government statistic from 2018, Kumar said that only around 4 lakh children out of over 24 lakh children enrolled in class 1, have completed their school level education.

Children are also more likely to drop out between classes 5 and 8, as per the education department’s research. According to an official, students also drop out based on conveyance issues and unavailability of preferred courses.

The official said that once the new system is introduced, parents will be notified of various schools, institutes in their vicinity, which would in turn help curb the increasingly alarming dropout rates among children. Unique in nature, the system is sure to bring about a positive change.

“This system, once in order, will continue updating the education department about the drop-out rate and enable us to devise a suitable strategy to combat it,” the official said.

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