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  • The Gross Dropout Rate (GDR) between general category candidates and SC/ST candidates, which was 6.7% and 15.1% in 2001-02, deteriorated to 10.4% and 16.6% in 2003-04 respectively.” (CAG)
  • 3% of child labourers in India have been to school (planning commission 2006)
  • More than 32,000 schools in India, mostly primary schools in rural areas,
  1. do not have a single student
  2. no teachers
  3. only para-teachers.
  4. Seasonal migration of communities in search of a livelihood
  • Karnataka had the most schools with zero enrolment (7,945).
  • 23,000 schools had no teacher
  • 1.3 lakh had just one teacher.
  • 102,227 elementary schools (9.54%) had just one classroom.
  • Source‘Elementary Education in India 2005-06’, prepared by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), covered 11,24,033 schools in 35 states and union territories.