State schools see 12% drop in transition rate
Ahmedabad: A report released by Pathey Budget Centre found that while the dropout ratio in schools had reduced, albeit the transition rate had reduced too. In Gujarat in 2014-15, the transition rate in primary to secondary fell by 12. 79% – from 97% to 84.21%, which is lesser as compared to other states. At the national level, the transition rate has increased by 0.88 % – from 89.74 % in 2013-14 to 90.62 % in 2014-15.
Mahender Jethmalani, director of Pathey Budget Center said the main reason for the drop in transition rate is that the RTE Act only supports till class 8. He said, "Hence, parents who are unable to afford studies thereafter withdraw the admissions of their wards. Families are not financially sound which is
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Sukhdev Patel, educationist feels the situation of education in Gujarat is pathetic. He said, "While there are talks of Digital India, the official website of the directorate of primary education has not been updated for years. The website only shows data and figures till 2007-08. If we have to compare the enrolment rate, then we need figures of 2007 to be compared with 2015 to have proper analysis."
Patel also blamed the drop in transition rate on the fewer number of secondary grant-in aid schools, which have reduced drastically after the BJP rule. "Undoubtedly, self-financed schools have increased in number but they are commercial and since they charge a high fee, many families cannot afford it."
Nirupa Shah, director of Gantar said, "The low transition rate is a result of poor quality of education in government schools."
State govt data for 2013
In 2009, there were only 194 government secondary schools. Over the last three years, 450 new government secondary schools have opened.
In 2009, there were only 198 government higher secondary school. Over the last three years, 124 new government higher secondary schools have been started.
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