A latest statistics revealed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for the period 2004-05 to 2007-08 reveals that dropout rates for SC & ST children at the primary school level is much higher than the overall dropout rate. Though, in 2004-05 the dropout rate in ST was higher compare to SC by 8 %; the difference has come down to less than 1% in 2007-08, indicating that government policies may be having some impact.
Dropout rates for (Classes I-V)
Source: Indicus Analytics, Business Standard
However the above finding also reinforces the hypothesis held by many that in India the social class into which one is born continues to determine a person’s socio-economic well being. This gets reflected in almost all development indicators for SCs & STs. One reason for persisting of such social conditions is that these groups are isolated from the mainstream society, on account of social & geographical isolations. The challenge our policy-makers face is how to narrow such isolation and bring such groups into mainstream.
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