The Union Ministry of Education (MoE) has expressed concern about a significant increase in the number of students dropping out from Class 8 in Jammu and Kashmir.
As a result, the Ministry has instructed the Jammu and Kashmir administration to address this issue and find ways to improve the situation.
During a meeting of the Project Approval Board (PAB), the MoE highlighted the dropout trend in Class VIII. They requested the administration of Jammu and Kashmir to analyze the school-wise data and collaborate with the UT labour department to collect information on students pursuing ITIs and polytechnic courses, ensuring that this data is incorporated into the database.
In response, the Jammu and Kashmir administration informed the MoE about their efforts to enhance the retention rate at the elementary and primary levels. They have developed and launched a web-based system called SAMIKSHA, which provides performance feedback of teachers on a per-student basis. Additionally, they have implemented a mentoring program called STEER (Mentoring of Students), aiming to rebuild the confidence of parents and students in the state’s education system and ultimately improve the retention rate.
The MoE was also informed that there has been a positive trend in enrollment over the past two years, indicating the growing trust of parents in the government education system. Last year, there was a notable increase of 17.34 percent (2,17000) in enrollment compared to the previous year.