LUCKNOW: 10 lakh UP Board students Set a record dropout, by skipping the Uttar Pradesh board examinations in the last four days. This comes in the wake of a number of steps taken to curb down the use of unfair means during exams and this number is twice the number of over 5 lakh students who had dropped out of the exams last year.
This year, nearly 66 lakh students registered themselves for UP board examinations for class 10th and 12th, which began on February 6. In just four days, more than 15% of them have dropped out of the exams. With almost a month to go for the exams to end, this percentage is set to rise further. Class X exams will end on February 22 and class XII on March 12.
On Friday, class X students took the English paper while class XII students appeared for mathematics. Education department officials said the dropout rate in these two subjects is usually high.
So far, the highest dropout figure in the board’s history was recorded in 2016, when over 6.4 lakh students skipped the exams.
Even in 1991 and 1992, when present Union home minister Rajnath Singh was the education minister in UP and had introduced an anti-copying ordinance, the dropout number stood at 1.3 lakh and 1.6 lakh, respectively, though the number of students appearing for the examinations was lower than the present number.
Although education department officials were expecting high dropouts this year, the extraordinarily huge number has left them shocked. The dropouts mainly consist of those students who get enrolled in UP schools not to study, but only to appear in examinations. These are usually those students who have failed in previous years in exams conducted by other boards and are promised ‘sure success’ by the education mafia.