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HYDERABAD: Officials of the Andhra Pradesh Open School Society (APOSS), a government agency which offers education from class I to Intermediate through distance mode, are a bit worried about the poor response of dropouts to the society's Intermediate course this year.
The APOSS planned to cover one lakh this year out of an estimated 2.5 lakh inter dropouts. But, it has received only 29,000 applications so far although December 31 is the last date to receive applications from them to join the course of the Society offered in English, Telugu and Urdu mediums.
The dropout rate in the State between class I and Intermediate remains at 34 per cent despite systematic efforts to improve the enrolment by offering incentives like mid-day meal. The APOSS, however, is hopeful to make a 60 per cent achievement by extending the last date by 10 to 15 days.
Primary Education Minister S. Shailajanath and APOSS Director K. Ananda Kishore appealed to dropouts to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the society and better their lives. They said the certificates issued by the society to the candidates successful in the examinations were “recognised” by the Government, its agencies and universities.
Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, they said the response to APOSS' class X course, in contrast, was encouraging with 80,000 students joining it as against a target of 74,000 this year.
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