73,550 CHILDREN LEFT SCHOOLS MIDWAY THIS YEAR IN ODISHA

As many as 73,550 students dropped out of schools midway in all the 30 districts of the State during 2016-17 against 75,339 in 2015-16, 1,75,967 in 2014-15 and 1,93,916 in 2013-14. School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra informed this in the Assembly in response to a question of Congress MLA Chiranjib Biswal on Thursday.

According to the information, the highest number of 10,229 students left schools midway in Ganjam district during the current year followed by 5,442 in Nabarangpur, 4301 in Koraput, 3,697 in Puri, 3,918 in Kalahandi, 3,505 in Bargarh, 3,388 in Mayurbhanj, 3,072 in Balangir, 2878 in Khordha, 2715 in Keonjhar, 2,622 in Kandhamal, 2,545 in Rayagada, 2,296 in Angul, 2,272 in Bhadrak, 2,192 in Malkangiri, 2,163 in Sambalpur and 2,134 in Sundargarh. While drop outs in other districts are under 2,000 mark, the four districts, Jagatsinghpur, Jharsuguda, Deogarh and Baleswar have recorded drop outs in three digits of 849, 803, 449 and 402, respectively.