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Drop in birth rate cut student strength: KSTA

Staff Reporter


‘Student strength up in government, aided schools'

‘Students who completed Class 10 are no dropouts'


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala School Teachers' Association (KSTA) said here on Saturday that the drop in the number of students joining Class 1 in government schools is a reflection of a proportionate drop in birth rate in the State.

In a statement released here, KSTA general secretary C. Usman refuted the alleged propaganda that more than one lakh students studying between class one and ten in the government schools of the State had migrated to private schools.

“There has been a drop of 19, 963 students in admissions to Class 1 in these schools. But this phenomenon of drop in admissions to primary classes has been there for the past 20 years and it is mainly because of the drop in birth rates,” the statement said. An increase in the number of unaided schools with caste and community affiliations is another reason, it added.

This year, around 3.37 lakh students joined Class 1 in government schools. Around 3.57 lakh students studied in Class 1 in Kerala syllabus schools last year, who have now been promoted to Class II. There are more than 3.67 lakh students studying in Class II in these schools, which is 10,561 more than last year's figures. Similarly, the number of students in Class IV last year was 4,39,051 while this year this figure has moved up to 4,53,142.

Around 4.5 lakh students appeared for the SSLC examinations last academic year, of which 90 per cent students have become eligible for higher studies. “The students who join Plus One after clearing the Class X examinations cannot be included in the dropout list,” the statement added. Whether in government schools or aided schools, there has been no drop in student strength. On the contrary, student strength in such schools has only increased, the statement said.

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