A total of 1.70 lakh children were out of school in the last academic year in the State with Bangalore Urban district having the highest number of such kids. Children belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and the Muslim community formed the major chunk of them. These are the findings of the out of school children (OOSC) survey undertaken by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in November last year, following the directions of the Karnataka High Court to determine the exact dropout rates. Bengaluru South has the highest number of students out of school, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Primary Education. Kalaburagi and Yadgir are the other districts with a high number of out-of-school students. “These districts have the highest number of dropouts as the parents move to or out of these districts in search of work,” said an official in the Education Department. Migration and disinterest in studies were found to be among the top reasons for children dropping out of school, along with domestic work, illness of the child, distance to the school, and neglect shown towards the girl child’s education.The survey was conducted across the State between November 14 and November 30, 2018. It takes into account students below the age of 14 every year, but this year, the government decided to include students who have not completed class 10 as dropouts. Officials also said that the survey was more “robust” this time around as it involved more community participation at the gram panchayat level.
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