New Delhi: Annual average drop out rate of girls is lesser than drop out rate of boys at the secondary level.
As per Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE ) 2015-16, the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) of girls at the secondary level is 80.97% and the GER of boys at the secondary level is 79.16%. Further, Annual Average drop out rate of girls is 16.88% which is less than the drop out rate of boys of 17.21%.
The enrollment of students at the elementary level has improved from 18.78 crores in 2009-2010, when the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 was implemented, to 19.67 crores as per UDISE 2015-16. The transition rate from class VIII to class IX is 90.62%.
Section 16 of the RTE Act, 2009 provides that no child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class until the completion of elementary education. However, various States have raised the issue of the adverse effect of this provision on the learning levels of children. Therefore, in order to improve the learning outcomes in the elementary classes and after wide deliberations with all the stakeholders, it has been decided to amend Section 16 so as to empower the appropriate Government to take a decision as to whether to hold back a child in the fifth class or in the eighth class or in both classes, or not to hold back a child in any class, till the completion of elementary education. Accordingly, the RTE (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 11th August 2017.