The economic survey report 2017 has shown an increase in the dropout rate of students in the school education department in J and K.
As per the report, the dropout rate in primary and upper primary classes has increased from 6.93 percent and 5.36 percent in 2015-16 to 10.30 and 10.20 percent in 2016-17 respectively.
“The increase in the dropout rate has been mainly due to the disturbing conditions that prevailed during 2016-17,” the economic survey reads.
The survey, however, has shown out of school children number was coming down.
“The out of school children were 79598 in 2015-16 which has decreased to 54713 in 2016-17,” the report reads.
The out of school children registered a considerable decrease by 31 percent in comparison to the corresponding year.
Also, the number of girl students out of school has decreased from 46218 in 2015-16 to 31856 in 2016-17.
The survey has also highlighted the weaknesses which include a decrease in the enrolment and decreasing trend in the learning outcomes.
“Some districts of the state have low literacy rate and high pupil-teacher ratio,” the report states.
“The state with the assistance of MHRD has prepared a roadmap for transforming education sector in the state. Hectic deliberations were made by MHRD with stakeholders to address grey areas of the department,” it reads.
Also, in the higher education department, the literacy rate has been recorded below the national average.
As per the survey, the general literacy rate of J&K is 68.74 percent and the female literacy rate is 58.01 percent.
However, both are below national average which is 74.04 percent in case of general literacy rate and 65.46 percent in case of female literacy rate.
The survey has also depicted poor utilisation of funds released under centrally sponsored scheme Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) to the higher education department.
It has revealed that Rs 43.53 crore were approved for up-gradation of infrastructure in 22 colleges out of which Rs 5.13 crore were released up to ending March 2017.
“Out of Rs 22.60 crore released as the second instalment, only Rs 4.61 crore has been utilised,” the survey reads.