Mahfuzur Rahman Manik
Primary school dropout(Daily star,31 july2009)
মার্চ 17, 2010
Photo: Adnan / DriknewsMahfuzur Rahman Manik, Student, IER, Dhaka University

The dropout rate in primary school has increased. Recently a report about the dropout rate in primary school has been published by Education Watch -a voluntary organisation. Education Watch said the average dropout rate in each class of primary level has increased to 11.5 percent in 2008 which was 5.6 percent in 1998.

It is said average rate of repetition in each class increased to 10.9 percent in 2008 from 8 percent in 1998. The rise in dropout and repetition rates indicates lower promotion rate in different classes of primary educational institutions in the last ten years from 1998 to 2008.

From the report we know the survival rate of primary level students decreased to 58.4 percent in 2008 from that of 80.6 in 1998 while the completion rate also decreased to 50.1 percent from 75.7 percent during this period. The net enrolment rate remained constant at 86.4 percent from 2005, here girls outnumbered boys in net enrolment, which was first documented in 1998 and continued till 2008.

The children of rural areas lagged behind their urban counterparts in net enrolment throughout the decade.

Our primary education is in a mess. The authorities should identify the areas where improvement is necessary and take necessary steps to decrease this drop out rate.


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