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Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009,

R. Ravikanth Reddy

1 p.c. increase in enrolment of Muslim children in schools:

In upper primary level, enrolment way above the national average

Increased dropout rate of 6.88 per cent in 2008 cause for concern
HYDERABAD: The claims of different groups apart, the State government is doing pretty well in drawing Muslim students to schools and is doing better than the national average.

The enrolment of Muslim children in primary schools is 10.51 per cent in 2007-08, a one per cent rise compared to 2006-07 when it was 10 per cent.

The national average is 10.49 per cent in 2007-08 and 9.39 per cent in 2006-07, which is marginally below the State average.

The Muslim population, however, is 9.17 per cent in the State as per the 2001 Census while the population at the national level is 13.43 per cent as per the same census.

These figures reflected in the “Flash Statistics: Elementary Education in India: Progress towards UEE” based on the data received from all the States and Union Territories of the country for the year 2007-08.

The report was recently released by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi, which is a part of the HRD Ministry. In the upper primary level, enrolment of Muslim children is way above the national average.

In 2006-07 the enrolment was at 9.11 per cent while it increased to 9.45 per cent the following year.

The national average was just 7.52 per cent and 8.54 per cent respectively. State schools have a healthy transition rate of 90.46 per cent students moving from primary to upper primary schools though the numbers declined.

The percentage was 91.07 the previous year. However, it is way above the national average, which is put at 81.13 per cent and 83.27 per cent, respectively. But the increased dropout rate of 6.88 per cent in 2008 compared to 5.42 is a cause for concern.

Only 47.90 per cent of schools in the State have proper buildings, which is very poor compared to 72.98 per cent of national average. But heartening factor is that only 38.11 per cent of schools had proper buildings in the State as per the last survey.

The average number of classrooms is put at 4.3 per cent, which is similar to the national average. However, the number is just 2.9 per cent in Government schools while it is 9.5 per cent in private schools.

Teacher ratio
The single teacher ratio has dropped to 4.9 per cent in 2008 while it was 5.48 per cent the previous year.

 THE HINDU, Feb 10, 2009