As India’s primary school students prepare to enter a new academic year in December, the state government has put up posters warning students to avoid repeated school year in the capital.
The posters are seen as a way to curb the number of repeat students.
“This is a common occurrence.
It’s been reported to us that a number of students are not attending school for the second time in a year.
It is a very common problem in our districts,” Principal of Delhi Secondary School of Science and Technology Rajendra Kumar said.
The posters, seen here, have been put up by the government in several cities to prevent repeat school years.
“The main objective is to keep students in school.
They need to focus on academics and keep studying,” he said.
The posters are a response to complaints that a large number of secondary students are opting out of school for more than one year.
A majority of students who opted out in 2014 did not return for a second term, leading to the government’s decision to put up the posters.
“We have seen many complaints from the students.
We are trying to prevent them from taking up the second term again,” Kumar said, adding that he had also issued notices to teachers to explain the government action.
After the government launched the “Students First” campaign last year, it asked all primary and secondary schools to raise awareness about students opting out.
The campaign was initially launched in the state of Tamil Nadu and later spread to other states and union territories.
According to data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), the total number of compulsory school children in the country is 1.1 crore.
However, there is a significant drop in the number opting out from primary school to secondary school.
The data from 2014 revealed that only 5.5% of primary school children opted out from secondary school for a year or more, down from 16% in 2012.
According to NSSO, about 70% of secondary school students who do not opt out from school in a school year have to start from primary and the remaining 20% of the students are eligible for additional years.