Education Minister Raveendranath on Monday informed the State Assembly that Kerala has achieved the lowest school dropout rate among all states in the country.
Raveendranath said that as per the Minister of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the State’s higher secondary state dropout is at 0.15% in comparison to the national average which is at 17.06%.
“Kerala was able to achieve the lowest school dropout rate of 0.11% among the states. The higher secondary school dropout rate is just 0.15%. As per the Minister of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the national average is 17.06%,” Raveendranath said while answering a question in the Assembly. He added that the state was able to bring down the Upper Primary dropout rate to 0.06%.
According to the Education Minister, the State managed to achieve this milestone as the state government focused on modernizing schools with have hi-tech classrooms and facilities.
“We have focused on modernizing schools in the State with hi-tech classrooms and labs in all government-run and aided schools. For the last two years, Kerala was able to reach the top in the MHRD's performance index,” Raveendranath said.
With the Covid-19 situation and schools reopening earlier this year, the Minister felt reducing the syllabus isn’t a solution. He said giving emphasis to important portions of the syllabus is important. The Minister said after the completion of classes, the revision will be taking place. “Students will be given portions, the focus area from each chapter in a subject,” he said.
The Minister also said that classes for class 10 students completed yesterday. He added that classes for class 12 students will be completed in the next two weeks.
Raveendranath informed the Assembly that the State Education Department is developing a new approach to conduct exams. “Exams should not be a scale for testing students but for identifying the talents of each student and groom them accordingly. The Education Department is developing this new approach,” he said.
Meanwhile, Education Minister informed that this year, the SSLC and class 12 exams will not be postponed. “The syllabus of these will not be reduced. The exams will commence on March 17,” Raveendranath said.