Nearly one lakh students have dropped out of schools in the past four years in Meghalaya, School Education and Literacy Minister, Deborah C. Marak said on Monday.
“There are many factors and reasons for the dropped out which include economic condition of rural mass, poor infrastructure of state government existing schools, lack of access to school due to small habitations, teacher behaviour and lack of training besides domestic and siblings care responsibility for girls,” She told the assembly.
Replying to queries raised by Congress legislators Dikkanchi D.Shira, the education minister informed that a total of 97, 089 students from 11 districts across Meghalaya dropped out or did not enrolled in schools from 2013 to 2107.
She said that the rate of drop-out was higher with boys than girls.
Shocked with the drop-out rates figures, legislators from opposition benches asked the government to adopt serious measures to bring back the drop-outs students to schools, while Independent legislator, Saleng Sangma urged the government to terminate the services of those teachers who failed to attend schools.
Opposition United Democratic Party legislator Paul Lyngdoh asked the government to create more vocational institutions to curb the worrisome dropout rates in the state.
While admitting that teachers in the remote areas of Garo Hills refused to attend schools due to militant’s threats, Marak said that her department has, however, directed deputy commissioners in affected to provide security to teachers to ensure their safety.
The government, through the intervention under SSA scheme, was trying to bring back children to school by setting up 418 special training centres across the state, said the minister.
“A training module for out of school children has been developed and distributed to all children enrolled in the special training centres besides providing mid-day meal programmes. The department is holding household visits awareness programmes in area where number of dropout rate is high,” Marak informed.