Thiruvananthapuram: The number of students attending public schools in Kerala has witnessed a significant decline, as highlighted in the Financial Review Report submitted to the Legislative Assembly. The report indicates that 1,21,464 children have discontinued their studies from state syllabus schools over the last three years, with the current academic year alone experiencing a drop of 94,639 students compared to last year.
The number of students from classes 1 to 10 across government, aided and unaided schools following state syllabus has been revealed. In government schools, 49,460 students discontinued their studies last year, while aided schools witnessed a decrease of 45,179 students. Meanwhile, unaided schools reported a modest increase of 8,891 students in comparison to the previous academic year.
The report also highlights the troubling situation of students leaving state syllabus schools after getting enrolled. Last year alone, 2,944 students discontinued their education from state-syllabus schools, of which 591 were Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
This report comes as a setback to the state government, which has consistently claimed a substantial rise in the enrollment of students in government schools. Both the Chief Minister and the Education Minister have asserted that the public education sector boasts international standards, featuring high-tech classrooms and advanced learning methods.
However, the Director of General Education has claimed improvement in Kerala’s public education sector through the consistent elevation of pass percentages annually. He stated that children who lack basic reading skills have been awarded an A+ grade, considering it a betrayal to the students.