Primary education in India has experienced much improvement in recent years with overall
dropout rates lowering steadily, Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani has said.
According to IANS, the primary school dropout rate has gone down from 9.11 per cent in 2009-
10 to 4.67 per cent in 2013-14, Irani told the Lok Sabha.
The minister, however, added that the dropout rates of tribal children was a matter of deep
concern, though the overall rates have gone down.
She said that the government has taken a number of measures for improving the conditions in
primary schools - like providing safe drinking water and toilets.
"On July 11, I had written letters to the chief minister of each state bringing to light specific
issues related to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)," she said during the question hour.
SSA is the government's flagship primary school education programme.
Replying to a separate question, she said the government was trying to incorporate a chapter
on gender sensitisation in the school curriculum. Source: Agency.