According to the government, the average dropout rate for girls in primary and secondary education for 2018-2019 is lower than that of boys.
In response to a question from the parliamentarian, Dr. Virendra Kumar informed the Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank of Lok Sabha, that according to the Information System for Educational Units Plus 2018-19, the rate of Student dropout at the elementary school level was 4.45 while for the secondary level it was much higher at 17.87.
More boys dropped out of school than girls, both in primary and secondary education. In response to a question from a member of Parliament, Pokhriyal told the House that dropout rates are calculated taking into account rural and urban areas of the states / UT to account for the movement of students between schools.
He said the average dropout rate for boys was 4.6, while it was 4.3 for girls nationwide.
In secondary school, the dropout rate for boys was 18.64, while for girls, 17.01 dropped out of secondary school.
The data shows that early school dropouts were much higher in the northeastern states than in the rest of the country.
Most of the northeastern states, including Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur, have very high dropout rates in primary and secondary education, while Assam and Tripura have much better figures.
In the rest of India, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar continue to have high dropout rates at both levels, while states such as Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Karnataka have managed to reduce dropout rates to zero at the primary level.