47m Indian youth drop out by 10th standard

India has 47 million youth of secondary and higher secondary school-going age out of school, according to a report by the Montreal-based UNESCO Institute for Statistics and Global Education Monitoring. The 47 million young men and women dropped out of school by the 10th standard, according to the 2016 report. The enrolment in class 10 is 77 per cent, but enrolment in class 11 is only 52 per cent, according to a report from the New Delhi-based Institute for Policy Research Studies (PRS).

Enrolment declined by about half between class 11 and 12 and college, said the report, although university enrolment increased, in general, since 2008-09. An overall increase in gross enrolment ratio (GER is student enrolment as a proportion of the corresponding eligible age group in a given year) at almost every level of education confirms that the educational system has become more accessible. Upper primary and secondary schools’ GERs saw a rise of 13 per cent and 17 per cent, respectively, in 2013-14 compared to 2007-08.

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