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Class 1st admissions in Kerala schools dip this year

In Class 1st there were 45,573 fewer kids who applied for admission in State schools, this year. The government, assisted, and unaided sectors all experience a decline. There has been a reduction of 37,522 in just the government and supported sectors.

Last year, the number of students who had taken admission to Class I was 3,48,741. This came down to 3,03,168 this academic year. While the admissions to Class 1st in government schools declined by 15,380, in aided schools it was less by 22,142 as compared to the previous academic year. The new admissions to Class 1 in unaided schools also declined by 8,051.

A similar pattern may also be seen in the total number of students enrolled in schools (from Class 1 to 10). The total enrollment dropped by 45,519 pupils from 38,77,914 students last year to 38,32,395 students this year. This year, out of all the pupils enrolled, 12,73,014 attended government-run schools, 22,26,349 attended aided institutions, and 3,33,032 attended approved unaided institutions.

Since the Public Education Rejuvenation Mission began, the government has asserted that student enrollments in the State have increased. According to the Economic Review 2021, there were 8.91 lakh new students in total over the previous five years.

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In the 2021-22 academic year, there was a record increase of 28,482 children in 1st Class in the government and aided sectors as compared to the year before, indicating a preference for State schools during COVID-19.

Although the government hasn’t given specifics as to why Class 1 admissions are down this year, it claims that Class II to X enrollment increased by 1,19,970 students overall as of the sixth working day of the school year, including 44,915 more students in government schools and 75,055 more in aided schools.

The numbers increased by 6,870 in class II, 9,006 in class three, 10,245 in class four, 13,423 in class six, 10,190 in class seven, 28,791 in class eight, 8,009 in class nine, and 891 in class X.

This year, 24 percent of the pupils who applied for new admissions came from recognised unaided schools, with the remainder coming from other curricula.

Even though a student headcount is conducted on the sixth working day following the start of the new school year on June 1, the data wasn’t made public until it was recently presented in the Assembly.

More programmes will be implemented, according to Minister for General Education V. Sivankutty, to enhance academic achievement.

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