1,66,000 students dropped out at primary level in five years

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Disclosure of millions of students leaving government schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Education Secretary has said that he did not know about such a huge ratio of dropout students from government schools.

According to the official documents of the Education Department, it revealed that out of 571,000 students enrolled in 2017, 4,400,000 have reached the 5th class and a total of 29 percent of students dropped out till fifth class in five years.

Among them, 37 percent of girls, 22 percent of boys drop out before reaching fifth grade, the document available here Wednesday. According to the documents Kohistan, Torghar, Dera Ismail Khan and Tank ranked among the first in dropout districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Most in Kohistan, 80 percent of children drop out before fifth grade, the document revealed. A total of 58% of children in Torghar and 55% in Tank did not reach fifth grade and 47% in Dera Ismail Khan, 38% in Swat dropped out before fifth grade while 57 percent in Shangla and only 44 out of 100 in Bitagram managed to reach 5th class.

In the last five years, 34 percent of children in Peshawar dropped out before reaching fifth grade, the document showed and 34 percent of children from sixth to 10th standard drop out from government schools and in 2017, 300,000 children were enrolled in the sixth grade, 2,7000 reached the tenth grade.

The Secretary of Education refrained from giving a stand on the situation. The drop-out number is quite high, but when Secretary Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mutasim Baullah was contacted, he said, he did not aware of such a huge dropout from schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, however, he said, steps would be taken to decrease it. (APP)