SHILLONG, Apr 17: Congress legislator from East Shillong, Ampareen Lyngdoh on Tuesday expressed concern over lesser enrollment of students in the state for the Upper Primary (UP) section under the Right To Education (RTE).
Lyngdoh pointed out that while in the Lower Primary (LP) section the number of students covered under RTE in the state was around four lakh plus but in the UP section the number of students was less than two lakh from 2010-11 when the RTE was first implemented till 2017-18.
Replying during the Question Hour Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that in the year 2010-11, 623221 students (472653 in Lower primary, LP– 150568 Upper Primary, UP), in 2011-12 the number dropped to 569148 (434482 in LP and 134666 in UP), were enrolled under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
In 2012-13 the number of students covered under RTE was 600622 with 430846 in the LP and 169776 and in the subsequent year – 2013-14 it was 579797 (416775 in LP and 163022 in UP).
Rymbui also informed the House that in 2014-15, 589005 students (416978 in LP and 172027 in UP) and in 2015-16, 599035 (418090 in LP and 180945 in UP) students were covered under the RTE in the state.
While in 2016-17 and 2017-18 the total number of students covered under RTE in the state was 614362 out of which 422844 were in the LP and 191518 in the UP.
The state Education Minister also informed that all recognized schools in the state have been brought under the ambit of the RTE Act.
Meanwhile, Independent legislator from Mawphlang constituency Syntar Klas Sunn on Tuesday informed the Meghalaya Assembly that there were a total of 1, 09495 school drop outs in Meghalaya from 2013 to 2017.