JAIPUR: The state has miserably failed to contain the dropouts among the tribal students. A survey conducted by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) says that over 75% tribal children in 22 districts of Rajasthan drop out in Class IV and V.
In fact, girls in many tribal dominated areas are not even enrolling in schools. The survey was conducted in 1,000 villages in 22 districts here. The main reason behind the survey was involvement of the children in traditional work. “Most parents were found to have no orientation towards education. They believe that engaging children at early age would only help earn early and for girls education has always been a taboo,” said a surveyor. The survey is being carried out to ascertain the educational level of tribal children. Districts surveyed were Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar, Bharatpur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Bhilwara, Tonk, Jodhpur, Nagaur and Hanumangarh.
Contrary to the ICSS report, the HRD ministry report says that tribal population in the state as 13.5% and enrollment in the government schools is 16% in 2012-13.